Perry: Stop letting police control the information about the people they kill

Aurora Sentinel: Only one thing is clear in the latest case of what part law enforcement played in the death of someone they encountered: Oversight of these tragedies is desperately needed, and it can’t come from police or prosecutors.

The list of unanswered questions about the Aug. 24 death of Elijah McClain got even longer Tuesday. On the steps of city hall, the family of the latest man to die during an encounter with Aurora police released a bevy of sordid details that police and investigators have refused to make public to others.

Families of those killed or maimed by cops in Aurora, and across the state, have regularly become the first source of details after police-involved shootings and deaths. It signals how broken public-safety communications has become.

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