Via Huff Post: Unbelievably, three cops in Aurora, Illinois, thought it was okay in late 2019 to be at the memorial for Elijah McClain and to recreate the chokehold that ultimately led to the end of his life.
Who? In case you're asking:
McClain was walking home from a convenience store last August when he was stopped by the three white officers. McClain was tackled and at least one officer put the young man in a chokehold. Paramedics called to the scene injected him with ketamine to sedate him. The 23-year-old went into cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital and died days later after being pronounced brain-dead.
He was never accused of a crime.
The officers involved in his death were all cleared of wrongdoing in February. But in June, following renewed outrage amid protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) said he would have the case reexamined. Rosenblatt, who apparently found the chokehold reenactment funny, was involved in the fatal encounter of McClain.
Erica Marrero, Jaron Jones and Kyle Dittrich posed in the photo, recreating the chokehold that killed McClain, and a fourth officer, Jarod Rosenblatt, was fired for replying, “haha.” Yes, Rosenblatt was involved in the actual killing. One quit (but his file will state that he was going to be fired anyway, meaning no more cop jobs in Colorado), and the other three were fired within days, as quickly as the Chief of Police was allowed by law.
God, I hope this re-examination leads to murder charges.