Colorado officers fired over photos re-enacting deadly chokehold used on Elijah McClain before his death WON'T get jobs back

 Three suburban Denver officers fired over a photo reenacting a neckhold like the one police used on Elijah McClain before the 23-year-old black man died in 2019 will not get their jobs back, officials said Tuesday.

In decisions upholding the terminations of Aurora Officers Erica Marrero, Kyle Dittrich and Jason Rosenblatt, the Aurora Civil Service Commission noted that the photo, which became public about a month after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, caused pain for McClain's family and hurt already-strained relations between police and the community.

McClain's death drew renewed attention last year amid the national reckoning over police brutality and racial injustice, prompting investigations by the city, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, the US Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Three police officers who were fired over the above photo showing Aurora, Colorado cops jokingly re-enacting the chokehold used on a 23-year-old black man in August 2019 will not get their jobs back, a civilian review board said on Tuesday. Jaron Jones (center) resigned from Aurora police for staging the 're-enactment' photo. Erica Marrero (far left) and Kyle Dittrich (right) were fired in July for appearing in the photo, which McClain's family said was 'a new low' for the Aurora police department

Three police officers who were fired over the above photo showing Aurora, Colorado cops jokingly re-enacting the chokehold used on a 23-year-old black man in August 2019 will not get their jobs back, a civilian review board said on Tuesday. Jaron Jones (center) resigned from Aurora police for staging the 're-enactment' photo. Erica Marrero (far left) and Kyle Dittrich (right) were fired in July for appearing in the photo, which McClain's family said was 'a new low' for the Aurora police department 

Elijah McClain, 23, was killed by three white police officers in Colorado days after he suffered a heart attack and was declared brain dead following a violent arrest. On August 24, 2019,  someone called 911, saying he 'looked sketchy' and was wearing a ski mask and waving his arms

Elijah McClain, 23, was killed by three white police officers in Colorado days after he suffered a heart attack and was declared brain dead following a violent arrest. On August 24, 2019,  someone called 911, saying he 'looked sketchy' and was wearing a ski mask and waving his arms

Police Chief Vanessa Wilson fired the three officers last year over two photos taken at a memorial to McClain two months after his death. 


Marrero, Dittrich and another officer who resigned, Jaron Jones, are shown smiling in one photo taken on October 20, 2019, and in another, Jones has his arm around Dittrich's neck in a fake neckhold like the one used on McClain.


Dittrich texted the photos to two officers who stopped McClain - Rosenblatt and Nathan Woodyard - to try to cheer up Woodyard, authorities said. 

Rosenblatt responded 'ha ha' while Woodyard didn't reply and deleted the photos. Woodyard wasn't disciplined.

McClain, who weighed 140lbs, was tackled to the ground by cops shortly afterwards. After handcuffing him, Officer Nathan Woodyard applied a 'carotid control hold' around McClain's neck, which restricts blood to the brain to render someone unconscious.
McClain during his arrest

McClain, who weighed 140lbs, was tackled to the ground by cops shortly afterwards. After handcuffing him, Officer Nathan Woodyard applied a 'carotid control hold' around McClain's neck, which restricts blood to the brain to render someone unconscious

Police were called after someone reported a suspicious person wearing a ski mask and waving his arms in Aurora

Police were called after someone reported a suspicious person wearing a ski mask and waving his arms in Aurora 

Police arrest Elijah McClain, who later died of cardiac arrest
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Officers stopped McClain as he walked down the street on August 24, 2019, after a 911 caller reported that he looked suspicious. 

Besides the neckhold, McClain was injected with the sedative ketamine. He suffered cardiac arrest and was taken off life support.

Rosenblatt initially tried to put McClain in the neckhold but couldn't because of his position, so Woodyard did, authorities said. 

The maneuver, called a carotid control hold, restricts the flow of blood to a person's  brain, rendering them unconscious. 

It has been banned in several places following the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests.

According to a lawsuit the McClain family filed against police and paramedics, Marrero and Dietrich were among the officers who arrived after McClain was restrained on the ground.

Jason Rosenblatt
Nathan Woodyard
Randy Roedema

The officers who stopped McClain on the street and put him in a chokehold are Jason Rosenblatt, Nathan Woodyard and Randy Roedema (left to right). None of the officers were charged over McClain's death 

During the confrontation, McClain said he could not breathe before vomiting repeatedly, fainting and then going into cardiac arrest. He was later declared brain dead and taken off life support several days later

During the confrontation, McClain said he could not breathe before vomiting repeatedly, fainting and then going into cardiac arrest. He was later declared brain dead and taken off life support several days later

McClain's father, Lawayne Mosley, was glad the officers' firings were upheld but he wants all those involved in his son's death to be held accountable, the family's lawyer, Mari Newman, said.

'Aurora needs to fire all the officers and medics who killed him and those who failed to intervene and stop their fellow officers,' she said.

Police leaders didn't learn of the photos until last June, and after an accelerated internal affairs investigation, Jones resigned and Marrero, Dittrich and Rosenblatt were fired for conduct unbecoming of an officer.

Those three had appealed their terminations and can still sue to get their jobs back. Their lawyers didn't respond to requests seeking comment.

The commission said Marrero and Dittrich faulted the speed of the investigation, which normally takes weeks, but Police Chief Wilson said she had to make a decision quickly to protect the department and its officers from public outcry over the photos.

McClain's death has become a rallying cry amid a national reckoning over police brutality and racial injustice sparked last spring by the death of George Floyd. Pictured: Protesters march in Aurora, Colorado on June 27

McClain's death has become a rallying cry amid a national reckoning over police brutality and racial injustice sparked last spring by the death of George Floyd. Pictured: Protesters march in Aurora, Colorado on June 27

Cops pepper spray peaceful protesters Elijah McClain's vigil
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Wilson said Tuesday that Aurora officers must serve the community with 'dignity, respect and a sense of humanity.'

'This supportive decision of the Civil Service Commission enables us to take another step forward on our path to a new way in rebuilding trust with our community through transparency and accountability,' she said in a statement.

Last year, the commission upheld Wilson's firing of an officer for failing to help a restrained black woman begging for help after she became lodged upside down in the back of his patrol car.

Colorado officers fired over photos re-enacting deadly chokehold used on Elijah McClain before his death WON'T get jobs back Colorado officers fired over photos re-enacting deadly chokehold used on Elijah McClain before his death WON'T get jobs back Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 05:03 Rating: 5

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