PETITION: Fire the Aurora Police Officers Who Murdered Elijah McClain
Dear City Manager Jim Twombly and Police Chief Vanessa Wilson,
We, the undersigned, demand the firing of officers Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt, and Randy Rodema from the Aurora police department for their lethal actions resulting in the death of Elijah McClain. On August 24, 2019, these officers unjustly profiled, assaulted and killed an innocent young Black man, Elijah McClain, for walking down the street after buying ice tea.
That fact that these officers are still employed and expected to “protect and serve” the community is both terrifying and shameful. Moving them to administrative positions is not enough.
The Aurora Police Department’s Individual Value Statement is,
“Our commitment to community service is driven by the expectation that we maintain the highest core values.”
What values do officers maintain by shoving an innocent black man into submission and cutting off circulation to his brain as he cries for help? The only core values these officers maintained were racial profiling, violence, and a blatant disregard for Black human life and dignity.
Elijah McClain should still be alive today. It is a moral travesty that these officers still have jobs and their continued employment is a stain upon the city of Aurora, Adams County, the State of Colorado, and the United States of America.
As city officials with hiring and firing authority, you must lead by example and fire these officers immediately.
It’s not too late to remove these officers. Be on the right side of history.