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Panel upholds firing of Colorado cop for ignoring pleas

Oct. 6, 2020 5:01 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — An independent municipal panel on Tuesday upheld the termination of a Colorado police officer fired for not assisting a restrained Black woman who begged for help after she became lodged upside down in the back of his patrol car. In a written ruling, Aurora’s civil service commission...

A man holds up a sign during a protest, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Cleveland. Racism trips up Black police candidates at the very beginning of the application process and as they seek later promotion, complicating efforts to make law enforcement agencies more diverse, say numerous experts and Black police associations and officers. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Tests, background checks can thwart police diversity effort

Oct. 2, 2020 7:18 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Racism trips up Black police candidates at the very start of the application process and later as they seek promotion, complicating efforts to make law enforcement agencies more diverse, experts, officers and Black police associations say. Black applicants to law enforcement agencies...

Fired officer says he didn't believe woman's cries for help

Oct. 1, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A Colorado police officer fired for ignoring the cries for help from a Black woman riding in his cruiser upside down while restrained said Thursday he did not know she had fallen off the back seat into that position and, based on his experience, he did not believe she was in trouble. During a...

Video: Hobbled Black woman begged for help in police cruiser

Sep. 30, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A suburban police agency near Denver is facing more scrutiny for its officers’ treatment of Black people after a video emerged showing a woman begging to be lifted up after she fell to the floor in the back of a police cruiser with her hands and feet cuffed behind her. In the police...

Crowd protests charges against Denver anti-racism leaders

Sep. 19, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — People gathered at the Colorado state Capitol in Denver on Saturday to protest the filing of felony charges against several leaders of racial justice demonstrations. Six protesters, including organizers of demonstrations over the killing of Black 23-year-old Elijah McClain in Aurora, could...

FILE - In this April 22, 2020, file photo, Dr. P.J. Parmar heads to the parking lot of his clinic in Aurora, Colo., to see a patient. A white officer with the Colorado police department under investigation for the death of Elijah McClain, the young Black man who died after being put by police in a stranglehold, has been suspended for one week for pulling a gun on Parmar, who was trying to park at a refugee center that he operates. Officer Justin Henderson was suspended for 40 hours without pay and ordered to attend de-escalation training for his March 1 confrontation with Parmar. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert, File)

Colorado officer who pointed gun at doctor suspended 1 week

Sep. 17, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado police officer has been suspended for one week for a well-publicized incident in which the white officer pulled a gun on an Indian American doctor who was trying to park at a refugee center the doctor operates. An Aurora Police Department spokesperson said Officer Justin...

FILE - In this July 3, 2020, file photo, a makeshift memorial stands at a site across the street from where Elijah McClain was stopped by police officers while walking home in Aurora, Colo. A drug called ketamine that's injected as a sedative during arrests has drawn new scrutiny since a young Black man named Elijah McClain died in suburban Denver. An analysis by The Associated Press of policies on ketamine and cases where it was used nationwide uncovered a lack of police training, conflicting medical standards and nonexistent protocols that have resulted in hospitalizations and even deaths. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado city bans ketamine use amid Elijah McClain probe

Sep. 15, 2020 1:32 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — City council members in a Denver suburb have voted to ban the use of a powerful sedative by first responders until officials finish a review of its use in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, a Black man put in a stranglehold by officers and injected with the drug, ketamine. The ban in the city...

Police: Protester in US illegally shot toward police chopper

Aug. 26, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A man accused of firing his gun during a Denver protest in May made anti-police statements before shooting into the sky in the direction of police and television helicopters, according to a court document. Felix Missael Alva of Aurora was arrested Monday and later appeared in federal court,...

Ebony Wallace holds her fist in the air along with other participants at an event, Gathering in Gratitude presented by Motherhood, held to honor the memory of Elijah McClain, in Denver on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. McClain died after being stopped by police last year in the suburb of Aurora. (Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post via AP)

A year after Elijah McClain's death, activists want charges

Aug. 24, 2020 2:32 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A year after Elijah McClain was stopped by police in suburban Denver on his way home from the store, people gathered on a football field on Sunday night to dance and sing and to also call for justice for him and his family. The event was intended as a way to celebrate the life of the...

A timeline of events related to the case of Elijah McClain

Aug. 23, 2020 12:56 PM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Monday marks one year since 23-year-old Elijah McClain was stopped by police in the Denver suburb of Aurora. He was arrested, put into a choke hold and given 500 milligrams of ketamine as a sedative. Less than a week later he was dead. Following nationwide protests for racial justice...