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For 20 Minutes, Her Pleas of 'I Can't Breathe' Were Ignored

Ex-Colorado cop appealing his firing over 2019 incident

(Newser) - A Colorado police officer ignored a Black woman's cries of "I can't breathe" while she lay hogtied in the back of a patrol car, her face on the floor. That's according to bodycam footage revealed Tuesday during an appeal hearing for now former Aurora police officer... More »

Elijah McClain's Parents File Civil Rights Lawsuit

'Racism and brutality have no place in American law enforcement'

(Newser) - The parents of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who died after officers in suburban Denver stopped him on the street last year and put him in a chokehold, sued police and medical officials Tuesday. With the federal civil rights lawsuit, the McClain family said they were seeking both accountability... More »

Black Mom, 4 Kids Out for Salon Day Now Getting a Police Apology

Children were handcuffed, made to lie on ground during stolen-vehicle mix-up in Aurora, Colo.

(Newser) - The same Colorado police department involved in the death of Elijah McClain now has a new controversy on its hands—this time involving a Black family pulled over for an allegedly stolen vehicle. Per the Denver Post , Brittney Gilliam had taken her nieces, sister, and daughter out to get their... More »

Cops Allegedly Posed at Elijah McClain Memorial

They reportedly re-enacted fatal chokehold, and all are under investigation

(Newser) - Three police officers are under investigation in Aurora, Colorado, after they were photographed near the site of Elijah McClain's fatal encounter with police , reports CBS Denver . Reporter Brian Maass says the photos show officers reenacting the chokehold used on the 23-year-old. The site where he died is now a... More »

He Went to Get an Iced Tea. His Death Spurred an Outcry

Colo. governor says his office will take closer look at 2019 death of Elijah McClain

(Newser) - Last August, a 23-year-old unarmed black man died after an incident involving the police in Aurora, Colo. Now, Gov. Jared Polis says his office will examine how the state can assist in the investigation into Elijah McClain's death amid renewed public interest in the case, per the Denver Post... More »

Cops: 'Senseless Act' at Waffle House Over Unmasked Man

Kelvin Watson, 27, has been charged with attempted murder in shooting of cook in Colo.

(Newser) - A shooting at a Colorado Waffle House that left one employee injured took place after a customer was asked to wear a face mask, local cops say. According to an arrest affidavit cited by KDVR , police say 27-year-old Kelvin Watson first showed up at the Aurora restaurant, which is currently... More »

Cop Found Drunk Behind the Wheel Can't Be Prosecuted

Colorado District Attorney George Brauchler is displeased

(Newser) - "He's a little intoxicated," said a lieutenant of a Colorado man found passed out behind the wheel. Except that man was a police officer—and Colorado District Attorney George Brauchler is pretty peeved that he can't prosecute him. That's because an investigation was never opened... More »

10 Best, Worst Cities to Celebrate July 4

The Big Apple promises the best time, while San Bernardino falls last

(Newser) - Tomorrow is Independence Day, meaning you still have time to get to where the best celebrations are going to be. WalletHub tries to suss those out for you, looking at the 100 most populous cities in the nation across five major categories: affordability, attractions and activities, safety and accessibility, the... More »

Here Are the US Cities With the Best Work Ethic

The Lone Star state has some hardworking folks

(Newser) - Do you work to live or live to work? It might depend on where you live. WalletHub decided to take a look at nearly 120 of America's biggest cities to see how their work ethic holds up, looking at both "direct" work factors—including the employment rate, average... More »

NFLer Turned Assistant Principal Killed in School Lot

TJ Cunningham's neighbor is charged with murder after alleged parking dispute

(Newser) - A former NFL player was fatally shot over the weekend in what authorities say was a dispute over a parking space. Anthony "TJ" Cunningham, who played part of the 1996 season with the Seattle Seahawks, was allegedly shot three times by a man who lived across the street from... More »

'Hero' Killed by Cops Got 5 Warnings Over 13 Seconds

But the scene was noisy and chaotic, and Richard Black's family says his hearing wasn't good

(Newser) - Officers repeatedly instructed Richard "Gary" Black to drop his weapon and show his hands after arriving at his Colorado home in the early hours of Monday morning. The request was made five times over a period the Denver Post reports was 13 seconds. When he didn't, but instead... More »

Before Cops Killed Homeowner, He Fought Fierce Intruder

Stepson says officers 'shot the first thing they saw moving'

(Newser) - If Richard Black's Purple Heart and Bronze Star weren't example enough of his bravery, stepson Chad Hayashi says his last act summed it up. According to Hayashi, the 73-year-old Vietnam veteran fatally shot a naked intruder found choking his 11-year-old grandson, also nude, in the bathtub of their... More »

Colorado Boy, 6, Missing Since New Year's Eve

FBI, police searching Denver suburb for David Puckett

(Newser) - Authorities are combing a Denver suburb for a 6-year-old boy who wandered away from his home on New Year's Eve and has now been missing for more than 60 hours. David Puckett—4 feet tall with light brown hair and blue-green eyes—left his Aurora home around 5:30pm... More »

Boycott Urged After Theater Seeks $700K From Shooting Victims

'Don't add to their $194 million profit while they come after Aurora victims'

(Newser) - Calls for a boycott of Cinemark are gaining steam after it was revealed this week that the country's third-largest theater chain was seeking to recoup $700,000 in legal fees from the victims of the deadly Colorado movie theater shooting, the Guardian reports. “Please boycott Cinemark," tweets... More »

Theater Wants $700K From Aurora Shooting Victims

Cinemark is seeking to recoup legal fees after winning a civil suit

(Newser) - Cinemark, owner of the Aurora Century 16 movie theater where 12 people were killed in a 2012 mass shooting, is seeking nearly $700,000 in legal fees from victims and their families, Deadline reports. According to the Denver Post , more than two-dozen survivors and parents of those killed sued the... More »

Jury Rules Aurora Theater Didn't Need Armed Guards

Cinemark won't have to pay victims of the 2012 mass shooting

(Newser) - One of the nation's largest movie chains will not have to pay the victims of the 2012 Colorado movie theater shooting after a jury ruled in its favor Thursday, CBS Denver reports. According to the Denver Post , 28 plaintiffs comprised of victims wounded in the shooting and the families... More »

James Holmes Ordered to Pay Victims $955K

It's unlikely it'll ever happen, though

(Newser) - Colorado theater shooter James Holmes has been ordered to pay about $955,000 in restitution to the victims of his 2012 movie theater shooting—money that will never likely be paid by the imprisoned mass killer. District Court Judge Carlos A. Samour made the order Friday. He presided over Holmes'... More »

Judge Sentences Holmes, Defends 'the System'

Holmes formally sentenced to life in prison

(Newser) - James Holmes was an angry quitter who gave up on life and turned his hatred into murder and mayhem against innocent victims in a Colorado movie theater, the judge said today before formally sentencing him to life in prison. "It is almost impossible to comprehend how a human being... More »

James Holmes Jury Leaves Death on the Table

Jury reached a decision today in second phase of trial

(Newser) - The second phase of James Holmes' trial wrapped up today, and there will be a third. The jury decided the Aurora movie theater shooter should face a possible death sentence after considering the "mitigating factors." The Denver Post reports that the criminal trial, whose jury selection began in... More »

Seconds Before Shooting, Holmes Called Crisis Line

Massacre carried out 'on autopilot,' he told psychiatrist

(Newser) - James Holmes thought he might be stopped before the Dark Knight massacre and he "kind of" regrets that he wasn't. In hours of interviews from last year being presented at his murder trial, Holmes tells a psychiatrist that as he donned body armor outside the theater, he thought... More »

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