Four officers from the Aurora Police Department are out of a job, three of whom were fired Friday after the interim police chief fired three following a photo of the officers mocking the death of Elijah McClain surfaced.
Another was fired for laughing at the photo.
Chief Vanessa Wilson canned 2 of the 3 cops in the picture — Erica Marrero and Kyle Dittrich — after the third officer, Jaron Jones, resigned earlier this week. Jason Rosenblatt, the officer who received the photo in a text, was also fired for replying with a “ha ha” … according to Wilson.
The 3 cops posed for the selfie October 20 … near a memorial to McClain, who died after an arrest in August 2019 in which he was put into a carotid chokehold and lost consciousness, and was later given a strong sedative.
Elijah, who was simply walking home with an iced tea he had just purchased, suffered 2 heart attacks on the way to the hospital and lost brain function. He died days later.
Police released 2 photos of the cops clowning around at the memorial site in October. The one where they appear to reenact the chokehold given to McClain was reportedly sent to Rosenblatt to cheer him up.
Shortly after it was announced an investigation into McClain’s death was going to be reopened, an internal investigation was launched over the photo. The officers in question had been on paid administrative leave since June 25.
The Aurora Police Association union has spoken out against Chief Wilson’s decision to fire the officers, claiming it was done too quickly and without due process. It adds … “The appearance of impropriety is obvious.”
The officers responsible for his death should also be fired and charged.