DENVER, CO — Speaker Alec Garnett and Representative Leslie Herod today released the following statements after Attorney General Phil Weiser announced 32 indictments, including for manslaughter, of three current and former Aurora police officers and two paramedics involved in the death of Elijah McClain:
“Today’s indictments of three current and former Aurora officers and two paramedics is the progress toward justice that the McClain family and our communities have waited far too long to see,” said Speaker Alec Garnett, D-Denver. “I am grateful for the thorough investigation by the Attorney General’s Office and the Grand Jury. We haven’t seen the end of the road to justice in this case, but today was an important step in that journey.
“Elijah McClain should be alive today, and while nothing will bring him back to his family and friends, I am encouraged that the Attorney General will now proceed with filing formal charges as a result of the grand jury indictments announced today,” said Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver. “Justice is moving forward because the people of Colorado elevated Elijah’s story to the entire world and demanded change and because of Sheneen McClain’s tireless fight for reforms and for Colorado’s first in the nation police accountability law. By bringing these charges – which include using ketamine as a deadly weapon – advancing criminal justice reforms and passing measures to hold law enforcement accountable, Colorado is making strides to advance the rule of law, improve trust in peace officers and ensure that those who break the law are held accountable.”