Editorial: Plotting in secret against Aurora Elijah McClain protesters is anathema to good governing

Aurora Sentinel: Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman on Monday pitched what has to be the worst idea yet about how best to handle Elijah McClain protests that are becoming increasingly dangerous to everyone.

While council members were being briefed by city officials on how a recent protest devolved into gunfire, cars rushing into demonstrators on a busy interstate and, ultimately, base vandalism at city hall, Coffman pitched a scheme: Hold secret meetings with city council members, city officials and police to plot against protesters.

Coffman said the ongoing security issues rise to the level of being discussed in closed meetings.


“Tactics, or strategy, is a sensitive issue,” Coffman said Monday, and he added that protesters and the public need only know that Aurora intends to balance protecting property and showing force, the Sentinel reported Monday.

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