Report: City of Aurora to pay $15M in Elijah McClain case

The sum, which was disclosed by three anonymous sources familiar with the matter, would be the largest police-related settlement in Colorado history


By Suzie Ziegler 

AURORA, Colo. — The City of Aurora has agreed to pay $15 million to Elijah McClain’s family to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit, reported CBS Denver on Wednesday. 

According to CBS Denver, the total amount was disclosed by three anonymous sources familiar with the matter. City officials confirmed that an agreement had been reached but said details would not be publicized until the deal is finalized. If the $15 million is accurate, it would be the largest police-related settlement in Colorado history, according to the report. 

Elijah McClain, 23, died several days after a confrontation with Aurora police officers and paramedics in 2019. Three officers and two paramedics have been charged in his death. Those charges include manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, among others.

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