Two protesters arraigned after Elijah McClain protested in Aurora

Aurora police arrested or quoted two people early Saturday morning during a protest demanding the dismissal of officials involved in Elijah McClain’s death.

The protest began Friday night when protesters marched at the District 1 station, where they said they will remain peaceful until all officials involved in the 23-year-old’s death last year are sacked.

Department spokesman Matt Longshore said Aurora police did not spray the crowd with tear gas, smoke or pepper spray. He confirmed that they fired about five foam bullets at protesters at around 3:30 a.m. after members of the crowd reportedly fired fireworks at officers, he said.

About an hour later, two people were either arrested or charged on suspicion of obstructing a freeway or a passage and failure to comply, Longshore confirmed. He said identifying information about the two people – whom he confirmed to be adults – was not immediately available.

Longshore also couldn’t tell which road people are accused of being blocked.

A third person was also arrested for a while but later released, Longshore said.

Additional information was not immediately available. Another rally, which will deal with, among other things, racial equality, is planned for Saturday evening at Manual High School.

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