Governor Polis instructs Attorney General to investigate death of Elijah McClain

DENVER, Colo. (KJCT)- Moments ago, Governor Polis announced that he signed an Executive Order designating the Attorney General of Colorado Phil Weiser to investigate the death of Elijah McClain.

“As a father, my heart breaks for the McClain family. All Coloradans should be safe walking home from the convenience store, or just being in their own neighborhoods listening to headphones. Unfortunately, I know that is not how many people -- especially young people of color -- feel in our state today, because I’ve heard it from them directly. We need to do a better job, and at a bare minimum they deserve a thorough review of the case,” said Governor Polis.

McClain died in August after he was taken to the ground by police, placed in a chokehold and given ketamine. He had been walking home when someone called 911 to report a man wearing a mask and acting odd.

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