CO: Aurora taxpayers on the hook for $15 million settlement in police murder of Elijah McClain

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation [Canadian state media]

“The Denver suburb of Aurora has agreed to pay $15 million US to settle a lawsuit brought by the parents of Elijah McClain, a [b]lack man who died after suburban Denver police stopped him on the street and put him in a neckhold two years ago, the city and a family attorney have announced. … The lawsuit alleged the police’s violent treatment of McClain amounted to torture and was part of a pattern of racially biased policing that has involved aggression and violence against [b]lack people. Paramedics also injected him with a powerful sedative. … The local prosecutor declined to file charges against the three officers who confronted McClain, partly because an autopsy could not determine exactly how he died. However, a grand jury indicted the officers and two paramedics in September following an investigation by Attorney General Phil Weiser ordered by Gov. Jared Polis.” (11/19/21)