The police department involved in Elijah McClain’s death is being accused of pepper-spraying peaceful protestors demanding justice.
Over the weekend, thousands of people came out to protest Elijah’s death in City Center Park in Colorado. They are calling for charges to be brought against three Aurora police officers, Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt, and Randy Roedema.
Protestors were watching a violin performance to honor Elijah (who played the instrument) when Aurora Police officers came in like a military to forcibly remove people. In video posted on social media, the officers can be seen physically pushing the protestors out of the park and using pepper spray.
One person on Twitter shared a video of the situation writing, “As police in riot gear were spraying protesters with pepper spray and using batons to push them back at the #ElijahMcClain protest in Aurora today, this man began playing the violin. One of the most surreal scenes I’ve ever seen. Music is powerful.”
The crowd was moved into a parking lot but they continued the musical vigil for Elijah despite the police’s attempts to disrupt it.