Large police settlements cannot replace the loss of loved ones and often do little to deter police behavior. A report from Five Thiry-Eight and The Marshall Project documented the millions paid out by cities annually and the difficulty with holding police departments accountable.
Elijah McClain's mother, Sheneen McClain, said she is being cautiously optimistic after the Colorado attorney general's investigation found that the Aurora Police Department employed racist tactics and treated Black people differently from others.
The Colorado police officers and paramedics involved in the death of Elijah McClain more than two years ago were indicted in an unexpected ruling from a grand jury that aims to hold them accountable.
An independent report released on Monday states that Aurora, Colorado, police officers involved in the fatal August 2019 confrontation did not have a legal basis to stop him, frisk him or physically restrain him.
The women and young children targeted by the Aurora Police Department were handcuffed and forced to lie face-down on the roasting concrete of a mall parking lot when they were incorrectly suspected of stealing a vehicle.
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