Colorado Governor Reopens Investigation into Elijah McClain's 2019 Death

Colorado Governor. Jared Polis said Wednesday his office would examine last year’s death of Elijah McClain, an unarmed Black man who died in police custody after buying an iced tea at a convenience store. 

“Public confidence in our law enforcement process is incredibly important now more than ever,” Polis wrote on Twitter. “A fair and objective process free from real or perceived bias for investigating officer-involved killings is critical.”

He continued: “I am hearing from many Coloradans who have expressed concerns with the investigation of Elijah McClain’s death. As a result, I have instructed my legal council to examine what the state can do and we are assessing next steps.”

This decision comes after millions of people throughout social media and an online petition have demanded that another look be taken into the Elijah McClain case.

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