The Denver Post: The Aurora Police Department must completely rethink its broken disciplinary process and strengthen its out-of-date policies governing the use of force to improve community trust, according to a sweeping review of the department by outside investigators.
The recommendations are some of the 47 made by 21CP Solutions in a 158-page report on the department’s policies and practices presented to city leadership Monday. The city commissioned the investigation in August 2020 in the wake of renewed local and international outrage about the death of Elijah McClain at the hands of Aurora officers.
The investigators — a group that included former police leaders and civil rights experts — did not investigate McClain’s death or any other specific incident, but instead conducted an overarching evaluation of the department’s use-of-force policies, training, structure and community engagement, among other topics. The report’s authors spoke with 220 officers, city leaders and community members about the department.
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