Three Colorado cops placed on leave after  're-enacting the chokehold used on Elijah McClain'

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Three Colorado cops placed on leave after 're-enacting the chokehold used on Elijah McClain'

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Three Colorado cops are placed on leave after photos emerge of them ‘re-enacting the chokehold used on Elijah McClain during his police death’ at a memorial for the 23-year-old where silent protesters were pepper-sprayed

  • Aurora Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said late Monday saying she learned of the apparent images on Thursday and ordered an investigation 
  • Wilson declined to specify what the photographs showed, when they were taken or what the officers were doing near the memorial for McClain
  • McClain’s death in August last year has been at the center of protests throughout Colorado against racism and police brutality
  • Wilson declined to specify what the photographs showed, when they were taken or what the officers were doing near the memorial for McClain
  • However, sources say the photographs allegedly show the three officers re-enacting the carotid restraint that was used on McClain during his fatal arrest 

Three officers from the Aurora, Colorado, police department have been place on paid leave pending an investigation after they were allegedly depicted in inappropriate photographs near to a site where Elijah McClain died in police custody in 2019.

Aurora Interim Police Chief Vanessa Wilson released a statement late Monday saying she learned of the apparent images on Thursday and ‘immediately’ ordered an Internal Affairs investigation as a ‘top priority’.

Wilson declined to specify what the photographs showed, when they were taken or what the officers were doing near the memorial for McClain, whose death in August last year has been at the center of protests throughout Colorado against racism and police brutality.

However, sources told CBS Denver the photographs allegedly show the three officers re-enacting the carotid restraint that was used on McClain during his fatal arrest.

The Aurora Police Department has not yet returned a DailyMail.com request for comment on the claims.

Wilson declined to specify what the photographs showed, when they were taken or what the officers were doing near the memorial for McClain, whose death in August last year has been at the center of protests throughout Colorado against racism and police brutality.

Wilson declined to specify what the photographs showed, when they were taken or what the officers were doing near the memorial for McClain, whose death in August last year has been at the center of protests throughout Colorado against racism and police brutality.

The images were said to have been disseminated within Aurora PD to officers, CBS’ Brian Maass reported. It’s unclear if the officers were on duty or were wearing their uniforms in the purported images.

In her statement, Wilson said the investigation will be publicly released on its conclusion, which will include photographic evidence in addition to the officers’ names.

Lt. Chris Amsler, a spokesman with the Aurora Police Department, said police are investigating whether the photos of the officers near the site of McClain’s death violate any department policies and if a recommendation for any punishment should be issued.

At the scene where the images were said to be taken, near City Center Park,  members of the Aurora PD were seen pepper spraying peaceful protestors during a violin performance to honor McClain’s memory.

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