US officers fired over photo imitating chokehold on black man

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Two US police officers have been fired after a photo emerged showing them re-enacting a chokehold used on a black man before he died at a memorial site to his death, Colorado police said in a statement.

 

Elijah McClain, 23, died last August in Aurora three days after police put him into a chokehold, was injected with ketamine to sedate him and suffered a cardiac arrest.

Police this week ordered a special investigation into his death which came under the spotlight after the killing of George Floyd by police in May sparked nationwide anger and protests.

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Officers Erica Marrero, Kyle Dittrich, and Jaron Jones imitated the chokehold used to subdue McClain in October last year.

In a statement posted online, interim Aurora police chief Vanessa Wilson confirmed on Friday that Marrero and Dittrich had been fired.

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The third officer pictured, Jones, resigned on Tuesday, she said.

She added she understood “the devastating impact this incident has had on the relationship between the community and the Department.”

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A fourth officer, Jason Rosenblatt, was also fired on Friday, she said.

He had been sent the photo by one of the trio and had responded “haha”, local US media reported.

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