CPR sues coroner for refusing to release amended autopsy of Elijah McClain

Colorado Politics: Colorado Public Radio filed a lawsuit Thursday against the Adams County coroner for refusing to release an amended autopsy of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after being violently restrained by police and sedated in 2019. 

Colorado Public Radio reported that coroner Monica Broncucia-Jordan changed the official autopsy report for McClain after receiving new information from the ongoing grand jury investigation into his death. The original autopsy report from 2019 found both the cause and manner of McClain’s death to be “undetermined.”

According to the lawsuit, Broncucia-Jordan declined multiple requests from Colorado Public Radio to obtain the amended autopsy report between Aug. 12 and Aug. 29. In Colorado, autopsies are open records and subject to the Colorado Open Records Act.

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