Gov. Jared Polis to examine options for state intervention into Elijah McClain investigation

Death of 23-year-old at hands of Aurora police last year gaining national attention

Sam Tabachnik
The Denver Post
Elijah McClain
Courtesy McClain family

Gov. Jared Polis on Wednesday said his office will examine what the state can do regarding the investigation into the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old killed by Aurora police last year in a case that has drawn national attention amid the movement to hold law enforcement responsible for their treatment of people of color.

“Public confidence in our law enforcement process is incredibly important now more than ever,” Polis said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon. “A fair and objective process free from real or perceived bias for investigation officer-involved killings is critical.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman announced he would move up a planned vote to July 6 for council members to decide on an independent investigator to examine the actions of Aurora police, firefighters and paramedics in the McClain case.

“It is imperative we quickly and urgently move forward with this investigation so we can provide answers to our community,” Coffman said in a news release.

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