US officers fired over photo imitating chokehold on black man

US officers fired over photo imitating chokehold on black man


Washington: The Colorado State Police said in a statement that after a photo appeared, two American police officers were fired and they repeated a black torch at a monument before the black man died.

Elijah McClain, 23, died in Aurora three days after the police inserted him in the choke last August. He was injected with ketamine to appease him and suffered a cardiac arrest.

The police ordered a special investigation of his death this week, and the matter was concerned after George Floyd was killed by the police in May and caused nationwide anger and protest.

Officer Erica Marrero, Kyle Dittrich and Jaron Jones imitated the choke that subdued McLean last October.

In a statement posted online, Aurora interim police chief Vanessa Wilson confirmed on Friday that Marello and Dietrich had been fired.

She said Jones, the third official of the group photo, resigned on Tuesday.

She added she understood “the devastating impact this incident has had on the relationship between the community and the Department.”

A fourth officer, Jason Rosenblatt, was also fired on Friday, she said.

He had been sent the photo by one of the trio and had responded “haha”, local US media reported. 

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