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Aurora, Colorado — Three Aurora police officers are under investigation for taking inappropriate photos at a memorial for Elijah McClain, sources tell CBS Denver's Brian Maass.

McClain died after a confrontation with Aurora police in August 2019. The community has demanded the three officers and two paramedics involved in the incident be fired.

The three officers were removed from patrol duty last week.

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Maass says the officers were shown in the photos reenacting the carotid restraint that was used on McClain:

My sources say the photos were disseminated within @AuroraPD to other officers and showed the officers reenacting the hold that preceeded McClains death. Question :were the officers on duty and in uniform? Its hard to believe this story could get worse. It just did. @CBSDenver

— Brian Maass (@Briancbs4) June 30, 2020

The department's interim police chief, Vanessa Wilson, released a statement on the matter late Monday night saying:

"Thursday afternoon, I was apprised of allegations reported to Internal Affairs by an Aurora Police Officer alleging multiple Aurora Police officers were depicted in photographs near the site where Elijah McClain died. All involved officers were immediately placed on administrative leave with pay in non-enforcement capacities.

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I immediately ordered Internal Affairs to make this investigation their top priority.  This accelerated investigation was completed this evening.

This investigation will be publicly released in its entirety promptly upon its conclusion.  This will include reports, photographic evidence obtained, officer's names, and my final determination which can rise to the level of termination."

At a vigil in Aurora, Colorado, on June 27, 2020,Valerie Reives plays the viola while protesters shine their mobile phone lights to honor Elijah McClain who, when alive, would play his violin at animal shelters because he thought the kittens were lonely. KEVIN MOHATT / REUTERS Elijah McClain Mari Newman

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It’s lots more durable to fireplace a foul NYC trainer than a foul cop

Pot, meet kettle: Randi Weingarten, the top of the American Federation of Academics, says police unions have to cease defending their misbehaving members.

Sure, that Randi Weingarten, who as native United Federation of Academics chief butted heads with Mayor Michael Bloomberg over his refusal to position ineffective and harmful lecturers again into school rooms. The union contract she championed wouldn’t let him fireplace them.

However in an interview with the Chief-Chief, a union-backed information service, Weingarten argued in favor of fixing police-union-contract protections that make it laborious to fireplace problematic and harmful cops.

“You have got individuals of colour being handled in a discriminatory method and being brutalized by regulation enforcement. If you happen to don’t, after [George] Floyd, acknowledge that there’s a problem, then you definately’re not seeing the expertise of individuals of colour,” she mentioned.

In her many years as a union chief, Weingarten has by no means had any drawback defending and defending incompetent lecturers — who most frequently labored in low-performing colleges in predominately minority communities.

Town employs greater than twice as many lecturers as cops — 79,000 lecturers versus 36,000 cops. And it’s lots more durable to fireplace a foul trainer than a foul cop: It usually takes years and tons of of 1000’s of {dollars}.

As an alternative, most dangerous lecturers — the ineffective, the incompetent, even the outright abusive — get despatched to “rubber rooms” the place directors hope they may resign or finally retire. That’s, after they’re not merely left to maintain “instructing.”

Along with different undesirable educators, they type the Absent Instructor Reserve — whose members the UFT is consistently attempting to get again into the classroom.

Weingarten’s UFT successor, Michael Mulgrew, has been pushing Mayor Invoice de Blasio to speed up the re-absorption of ATR misfits in school rooms over the objections of faculty directors. And the mayor has rushed to conform.

At one level, de Blasio’s Division of Training mainly paid colleges to rent from the ranks of the ATR. Chancellor Richard Carranza even brags in regards to the ensuing “progress.”

Each union places its members’ pursuits above the general public’s. However some unions have much more success in that regard — with Weingarten’s members (within the metropolis, not less than) profitable the prize for extreme privilege. It takes loads of chutzpah for her to name on one other union to surrender protections extra gentle than what her personal individuals take pleasure in.

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