Aurora officials accept critical Elijah McClain report, announce plans for an independent monitor

Aurora Sentinel: Several Aurora city officials on Tuesday acknowledged the findings of a searing report into how local police and fire officials handled the death of Elijah McClain two years ago with several vows to bolster local protocols and repair shattered ties between first responders and city residents.

Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson, Fire Chief Fernando Gray and City Manager Jim Twombly spent some 40 minutes addressing the 157-page report that posited Aurora police bungled their interaction with McClain from the moment a 911 caller reported him acting “sketchy” as he walked home from a local convenience store, to the ensuing internal investigations that determined officials acted according to departmental rules.

“I believe the investigative team has identified the issue that is at the root of the case: The failure of a system of accountability,” Twombly told reporters.

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