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Suburban Denver police officers will not be charged after detaining four black girls at gunpoint this summer and handcuffing two after wrongly suspecting they were riding in a stolen car, prosecutors said on Friday. The same day, the Colorado attorney general opened a grand jury investigation into the death of Elijah McClain, a year-old black Denver Colorado black girls who was stopped as he walked down the street, placed in a neck hold and injected with a sedative in Both involved officers from the Aurora police department and drew national attention during a national reckoning over racism and police brutality.
Months after video of the girls lying face down in a parking lot — some in tears — spread on social media, a review by the district attorney found no evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers acted unlawfully during the 2 August traffic stop. Police eventually determined the car carrying the girls, who ranged in age from six to 17, had the same plate as a motorcycle they were seeking from another state. One officer, Madisen Moen, had graduated from the police academy two days before and the other, Darian Dasko, was her field training officer, McKinzie said.
The prosecutor also said it was difficult for the officers to see who was inside the vehicle partly because of its tinted windows. David Lane, a lawyer for the driver and the girls, said he was not surprised by the decision, which he said fitted a pattern in Aurora and the US. Lane plans to sue the city and the officers as early as next week under a new police ability law passed in Colorado during protests over racial injustice. He thinks a local jury familiar with the city and including more people of color would be more likely to grant justice than a federal jury from a wider area.
Aurora police apologized after video taken by a bystander showed the girls lying on their stomachs, with the year-old and year-old handcuffed behind their backs. The year-old and six-year-old were lying next to the car.
They could be heard crying and screaming. A woman was seen being led away in handcuffs. Police are instructed to draw their guns and put people on the ground when dealing with a suspected stolen car, but the police chief, Vanessa Wilson, has said they should have changed course after Gilliam said the car was not stolen and that she had children inside.
Wilson also ordered an internal investigation. Police stopped McClain as he walked home on 29 Augustafter a caller reported someone wearing a ski mask and waving his hands.
His family said McClain wore the mask because he had a blood condition that caused him to get cold easily. Police say McClain fought back when officers tried to take him into custody. Officers used a neck hold on McClain that has been banned in several places.
Paramedics arrived and injected him with ketamine to calm him. McClain suffered cardiac arrest and later was taken off life support. Lawyer Mari Newman said the McClain family was hopeful Weiser was committed to an impartial investigation but the use of the secretive grand jury process made them wonder whether law enforcement was being held to a different standard. She noted that sometimes prosecutors steer grand juries away from charges by limiting the evidence they present. The headline of this article was changed on 10 Januaryto accurately state that the officers involved were not from the Denver police department.
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