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Rally to call for independent investigation into Aurora man’s death after police encounter

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Posted at 10:38 PM, Sep 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-01 00:38:03-04

DENVER -- Community supporters and family members of a 23-year-old Aurora man who died after a violent encounter with police will hold a rally Tuesday demanding an independent investigation into his death.

Organizers on Tuesday will call for Aurora to release “the entire record” of the Aug. 24 incident, including 911 and police dispatch audio, and involved officers’ video camera footage, according to a news release from Mari Newman, the victim’s attorney.

MORE: Family seeks body cam video, answers about forced detainment by police that led to death in Aurora

Elijah McClain, who suffered a brain injury in the confrontation and was taken off life support on Aug. 30, was walking in the 1900 block of Billings Street when he was stopped by three Aurora police officers.

Officers were responding to a call about a “suspicious person” who was wearing a ski mask and waving his arms, police have said.

McClain’s family said he routinely wore masks when he was outside because he had anemia — a blood condition — and became cold easily. McClain was walking home from a local convenience store carrying a bag of groceries when the confrontation unfolded, according to Monday’s news release.

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