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Today, July 3rd, 2020, Interim Chief Vanessa Wilson announced the termination of three employees after the internal investigation determined their involvement with selfie photographs taken at the memorial site for Elijah McClain on October 20th, 2019.

Chief Wilson terminated Erica Marrero, Kyle Dittrich, and Jason Rosenblatt. Former employee, Jaron Jones, resigned on June 30th, 2020 prior to the pre-disciplinary hearing.

Chief Wilson was made aware of the allegation on Thursday, June 25th, 2020 after an uninvolved officer saw the photo and reported it to a supervisor. The involved officers were immediately placed on Administrative Leave and an Internal Affairs Investigation was initiated.

Chief Wilson understands the devastating impact this incident has had on the relationship between the community and the Department. She believes that transparency is paramount in beginning to rebuild that relationship. Therefore, Internal Affairs File 20-25 can be found by clicking HERE.


WHAT: Press Conference Reference Photo Investigation Update
WHEN: July 3rd, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.
WHERE: Aurora Municipal Center, Aurora Room
WHO:  Interim Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson
CONTACT:  Detective Faith Goodrich, Public Information Officer, Media Relations Unit, 720.432.5095

This press conference will be held in the Aurora Municipal Building Aurora Room, which is a secure facility.  The media is asked to arrive no later than 1:30 p.m. and to bring your media credentials for admittance. See the parking map and use Visitor Parking Lot B. Call the on-call PIO number when you arrive and a representative of the Media Relations Unit will escort you into the building.  The event will be live-streamed on Twitter (@AuroraPD).

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, we ask that everyone wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines.  Due to these restrictions we can only allow one pool video camera, one pool still camera at this event, and only one reporter per media outlet.  Members of the media who plan on attending, please RSVP to

Agent Faith Goodrich
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
Information previously released on June 29th, 2020

Please see below statement from Interim Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson:

"Thursday afternoon, I was apprised of allegations reported to Internal Affairs by an Aurora Police Officer alleging multiple Aurora Police officers were depicted in photographs near the site where Elijah McClain died. All involved officers were immediately placed on administrative leave with pay in non-enforcement capacities.  

I immediately ordered Internal Affairs to make this investigation their top priority.  This accelerated investigation was completed this evening.

This investigation will be publicly released in its entirety promptly upon its conclusion.  This will include reports, photographic evidence obtained, officer’s names, and my final determination which can rise to the level of termination."

Interim Chief of Police Vanessa Wilson

Posted by  On Jul 08, 2020 at 4:02 PM
Create & DIY for adults

Embroidery Patch
By Tessy

Picking up a new hobby? Try embroidery by creating an adorable embroidered cactus patch!

Click here for the cactus template.

- embroidery hoop
- embroidery linen (or other fabric)
- embroidery needles
- embroidery thread
- scissors
- safety pin
- felt
-hot glue gun

Posted by  On Jul 08, 2020 at 11:15 AM
(July 7th, 2020) Early this morning at approximately 12:12 A.M., Aurora Police Officers were called to the area of East Colfax Avenue and North Beeler Street on reports of a shooting.

When officers arrived on scene, they found a mid 30’s female on the ground who had been shot and was deceased. In the immediate vicinity of the female, Officers found another victim, an adult male, who also had been shot. The male was transported to an area hospital where, unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries.

Both victims’ identities will be released by the Adams County Coroner’s Office once they has been positively identified and next of kin have been notified.

Investigators from the Major Crimes/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are actively investigating. At this early stage in the investigation, it is unknown what led up to the incident and there is no suspect information.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call our Homicide Unit at 303.739.6077 or they can remain anonymous by contacting Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720.913.STOP (7867) and be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
Posted by  On Jul 07, 2020 at 3:17 AM
Read It!

Family Book Club
with Tess

It's a new month and time for our next Family Book Club read!

 The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards

"The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles" by Julie Andrews Edwards

Reading Schedule
- Week 1 (July 6-12): Read Part 1 (5 chapters); Discussion blog posted on Monday, July 13
- Week 2 (July 13-19): Read Part 2 (8 chapters); Discussion blog on Mon, July 20
- Week 3 (July 20-26): Read Part 3 (8 chapters) & epilogue; Discussion blog and activity on Mon, July 27

To put a copy of the book on hold to be picked up during Curbside Pickup hours, please call 303.627.3050.
Posted by  On Jul 06, 2020 at 1:33 PM
Making Magic
Make your own elf homes from toilet paper tubes, small cardboard boxes, branches, pebbles and a little bit of magic. Have paint and your glue gun ready!

Place your completed elf hut outside - maybe an elf might just move in!
Share a photo of your hut in the comments beow.
Posted by  On Jul 06, 2020 at 1:16 PM
Read It!

**Video may contain spoilers**
Join APL staff each week for a discussion of some of their current reads! Each week they will discuss a book from a different genre. Join the discussion live on at each Friday at 1 p.m. (MST) and leave your thoughts in the comments below!

The next discussion will be at 1 p.m. on July 10, 2020 on our Facebook page and will feature "Desperadoes" by Ron Hansen (available instantly on

Other upcoming titles, all available instantly from hoopla digital, include:
- July 17, "Commute" by Erin Williams
- July 24, "The Goblin Emperor" by Katherine Addison
- July 31, "FantasticLand" by Mike Bockoven
Posted by  On Jul 05, 2020 at 9:32 AM
On July 2, 2020, at 2:43 P.M., Aurora Police Officers and Aurora Fire Rescue responded to a crash at South Sable Boulevard and East Centrepoint Drive.

Investigation found that a Buick sedan had crashed into a Chevrolet Suburban then ran off the road and crashed into a tree. The adult male driver of the Buick died as a result of injuries sustained from crashing into the tree. The occupants of the Suburban were uninjured. At this time, it appears the Buick had just been involved in another non-injury crash, a few miles away, and was fleeing the scene of that crash. Our initial investigation revealed that the Buick was traveling at a very high rate of speed when it rear-ended the Suburban.  Additionally, the driver of the Buick was not wearing their seatbelt.

The identity of the deceased male will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office after positive identification and next-of-kin notification.

Officer Matthew Longshore
Public Information Officer
Aurora Police Department
Posted by  On Jul 02, 2020 at 7:47 PM
Read It!

Family Book Club
with Tess

It's a new month and time for our next Family Book Club read!

 The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles by Julie Andrews Edwards

"The Whangdoodle was once the wisest, the kindest and the most extraordinary creature in the world" but it, along with many other splendid and strange creatures, have disappeared, creating for themselves a secret land to live in peace away from people. Most humans have forgotten them but, with the help of Professor Savant, three children discover the way to Whangdoodleland. 

Join the Family Book Club (all online!) and read this exciting fantasy/adventure written by the great Julie Andrews! To put a copy of the book on hold to be picked up during Curbside Pickup hours, please call 303.627.3050. 

We will have discussion questions every Monday on our blog and, in the final week, a fun activity!
Posted by  On Jul 01, 2020 at 11:11 AM
Create & DIY for adults

Ever wanted your own dragon? Make a mystical, magical dragon egg with push-pins and a little creativity!

Thanks to Lucinda with Swish and Stitch for letting us share this craft with you! Visit her website for more crafts!

Music: BenSound 
Posted by  On Jul 01, 2020 at 10:12 AM
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