Statement of Attorney General Phil Weiser on the independent State investigation into the death of Elijah McClain
June 25, 2020 (DENVER, Colo.) – Attorney General Phil Weiser released the following statement regarding the Governor’s executive order appointing him as a special prosecutor to investigate the death of Elijah McClain:
“As directed by the Governor’s executive order, the State will conduct an independent investigation into the tragic death of Elijah McClain, who died after being taken into custody by the Aurora Police Department in August 2019.
“Elijah McClain should be alive today. His life mattered and his death was tragic. The pain, frustration, and anger that his family and many Coloradans are feeling from his death is understandable and justified. Whenever someone dies after an encounter with law enforcement, the community deserves a thorough investigation. Our investigation will be thorough, guided by the facts, and worthy of public trust and confidence in the criminal justice system.
“The City of Aurora is planning a review of Elijah McClain’s death. We support their efforts and encourage them to take the necessary time so that their effort is truly independent and effective. We look forward to working with them to the extent possible to ensure accountability and so that important lessons are learned from this tragedy.
“In the coming months, we will work with the General Assembly on any resources needed to fulfill the Executive Order. In order to maintain impartiality and integrity in the process, we will not have further comment on this case until we announce our findings.”