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Colorado police officers fired after photos mocking death of Black man surface

By Keith Coffman

 

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Aurora Police Department officers Erica Marrero, Jaron Jones and Kyle Dittrich reenact a chokehold near a memorial to Elijah McClain, in Aurora, Colorado, U.S. October 2019. Aurora Police Department/Handout via REUTERS.

 

DENVER (Reuters) - Three Colorado police officers were fired and a fourth resigned after they shared photographs they took of themselves re-enacting a chokehold officers used to subdue a Black man who later died, authorities said on Friday.

 

Vanessa Wilson, interim chief of police in the Denver suburb of Aurora, called the officers' actions surrounding the death of Elijah McClain, who was unarmed, "reprehensible."

 

"I am disgusted to my core," Wilson said at a news conference announcing the firings.

 

The officers who were terminated were named as Jason Rosenblatt, Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich. The fourth officer, Jaron Jones, resigned on Tuesday.

 

One photo depicts Dittrich and Jones recreating a carotid neck hold, while a grinning Marrero stands nearby. The pictures, which were released on Friday by authorities, were taken near the site where the fatal struggle took place.

 

Rosenblatt, who was among the officers who subdued McClain, was fired for responding "HaHa" after receiving the photo, Wilson said.

 

The McClain family attorney, Mari Newman, said police not only killed an innocent man but felt empowered to make a "mockery" of the incident by re-enacting it.

 

McClain, 23, was walking along a street in Aurora in August 2019 when he was approached by three officers on reports of a man acting suspiciously, although he had not committed any crimes.

 

During the confrontation, McClain said he could not breathe, according to audio recordings released by police.

 

The officers subdued McClain with the carotid chokehold, and paramedics later injected him with the sedative ketamine. He then went into cardiac arrest and was taken off life support days later.

 

A local prosecutor declined to file charges against the officers or paramedics, citing an autopsy that listed the cause of death as undetermined.

 

Colorado Governor Jared Polis has appointed a special prosecutor to review the case, and this week the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice said they are investigating whether McClain's civil rights were violated.

 

(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

 

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16 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

The guy who responded “Ha ha” was involved in the incident that lead to the death of dead man the other officers mocked. 
 

He’s got much worse coming his way I suspect. 
 

 

“Colorado Governor Jared Polis has appointed a special prosecutor to review the case, and this week the FBI and the U.S. Department of Justice said they are investigating whether McClain's civil rights were violated.”

 

in that case, how 'bout we wait until he's convicted?

if this is anything like the chauvin/floyd situation, he should do time.

but what if he's found not guilty of whatever charges are brought?

 

and is "haha" a hanging offense?  could be considered in poor taste, but not necessarily actionable.  prosecutor would have to prove intent as well.  perhaps it wasn't a jolly haha, but a sardonic/sarcastic response to three idiots teasing him about his problems at work.  either way, a firing for "haha" unlikely to survive a court test.

 

 

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15 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

If you are involved in the death of a victim and are then sent pictures of the of said person being mocked by these ex-officers, I’d imagine the only responses should have been none or report it.

 

Ha ha is probably one of the most callous, crass, ignorant and stupid options out there.
 

Yet that is the one he went with. 

 

please post a link the statutes covering the penalties for callousness, crassness, ignorance and stupidity.

 

"I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it"

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2 minutes ago, Bluespunk said:

I imagine he breeches the standards his superiors expect of officers of the law.
 

 He took the option to exercise his right to free speech, no one stopped him, but in exercising it he paid the appropriate price. 
 

Zero sympathy for him from me. 

 

then you inhabit a world without freedom of speech, where your liberties are determined by the the whims of your superiors, vague and subject to change.  subjects must self-censor, afraid any minor utterance judged unworthy by the mob will result in loss of employment or liberty.

 

sad.

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^^ Indeed, but the left and enablers will spring on anything. They'll have white officers fired for smiling soon. Sad.

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dupe

Edited by daveAustin

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