The police department in Aurora, Colo., is investigating several officers who posed for photographs near the site where Elijah McClain was forcibly arrested as he walked home from a convenience store last summer. The site became a memorial to the 23-year-old who died in police custody. He was not suspected of committing any crime.
Vanessa Wilson, the interim police chief, announced the investigation Monday night, saying that when she learned about the photos Thursday, she “immediately ordered Internal Affairs to make this investigation their top priority.”
The photos came to light after an Aurora police officer reported them to the department’s internal affairs unit. Summarizing that initial report, Wilson said that “multiple Aurora Police officers were depicted in photographs near the site where Elijah McClain died.” Wilson did not provide further details about the officers or the photos. Reporter Brian Maass of local TV station CBS 4 described the images as showing officers reenacting the carotid restraint hold used on McClain.