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

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. Picture taken October 2019. Aurora Police Department/Handout via REUTERS.

We have a long way to go:

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.

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John Rivera

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