Brothers killed by Aurora police connected to the person who pulled them over

Elijah McClain, the 16-year-old boy who was killed by Aurora police, in 2016, along with his 15-year-old cousin, was connected to their assailant, whose family had been stopped for a traffic violation that night,…

Brothers killed by Aurora police connected to the person who pulled them over

Elijah McClain, the 16-year-old boy who was killed by Aurora police, in 2016, along with his 15-year-old cousin, was connected to their assailant, whose family had been stopped for a traffic violation that night, according to Reuters. Officials said that one of the officers that spotted the vehicle that belonged to the two teenage relatives stopped that night followed the car out of the state. Once in Aurora, the officer confronted two 15-year-old boys, who have not been identified but are related to the slain McClain. The officer shot the three teens in the back, one of them fatally. The brothers were taken into custody for an unrelated murder charge and the three teens were later cleared of any wrongdoing.

This recent revelation has sparked outrage in the community that night and renewed the ongoing question of what led to McClain’s death. Pastor Lee Tice of Bethel A.M.E. Church is leading a petition drive with the Aurora Police Department to call for an investigation into the actions of the two officers that stopped the brothers on the night of the shooting. McClain was an eighth grader at Denison University High School and was a varsity football player for the all-boys school.

The police investigation into the incident found that the officers did not use excessive force, as they were in fear for their lives. “They were attacked and they felt threatened,” said Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz to CBS affiliate KDVR. The settlement came after Aurora and McClain’s family settled for $15 million earlier this week. McClain was buried last October in Bedford, Illinois, in his home state.

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