DENVER, CO — Members of the House Aurora Delegation today released the following statement after Governor Polis announced he would direct Attorney General Phil Weiser to act as Special Prosecutor in an investigation into the death of Elijah McClain at the hands of Aurora Police officers:

“The death of Elijah McClain at the hands of police is a tragedy, and far too many questions surrounding the incident remain unanswered. We’re heartened and grateful to see Governor Polis exercising his authority to appoint Attorney General Phil Weiser to conduct an investigation. High profile tragedies like this one shed light on the larger, systemic issues of police brutality that the legislature began to address this year by passing SB20-217. It is vitally important – for the McClain family, the Aurora community, and everyone in our state – that law enforcement responses resulting in death or potentially involving excessive use of force are investigated fully and fairly. We are confident that Attorney General Weiser will undertake a rigorous inquiry and are hopeful that the process will provide transparency and justice for the family of Elijah McClain.”

The House Aurora Delegation includes Representatives Dominique Jackson, Mike Weissman, Janet Buckner, Jovan Melton, and Dafna Michaelson Jenet.