September 15th ( Hfrance.fr) - The Colorado Attorney General has discovered that the Aurora Police Department, a suburb of Denver, routinely violated federal and state laws by engaging in police activities and racial bias. excessive use of force, a report released Wednesday showed.
The Aurora Police Department has been under attack state and federal inquiries into the August 2019 death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old black man who died after three police officers overpowered him and paramedics injected him with the sedative ketamine. The officers and paramedics were charged on September 1.
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said in announcing the findings of the investigation 14 months that his office is seeking a consent decree with the Aurora Police Department, a city of 369,000 people, 15 miles (24 km) east of Denver.
The survey found "racial disparities, especially with regard to blacks inyears almost all important aspects of police contact with the community, ”he said. The department "treated people of color and black people in particular differently from their white counterparts.
United States. Police departments came under scrutiny after the death of George Floyd, a black man, when a Minneapolis policeman knelt by his neck in May 2020. This incident fueled the one of the largest protest movements ever seen in the United States, with daily protests against police brutality and racism.
Weiser said that He had strongly encouraged the Aurora Police Department to enter into a consent decree, an agreement that will require it to make police, organizational and cultural changes. under independent control. Aurora Police officials were not immediately available for assistance.r comment.
The report states that investigators discovered that Aurora Police were arrested and used force against B misses much more than the population as a whole. Racially discriminatory policing violates laws in Colorado and the United States.
Investigators also found that the department was engaging in several repeated illegal and unconstitutional use of force. Report by Brendan O 'Brien in Chicago; Editing by Cynthia Osterman