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Officer tried in death of Elijah McClain will return to duty

Aurora Police Officer Nathan Woodyard, who was tried in the death of Elijah McClain, will return to duty and receive back pay.
Officer tried in death of Elijah McClain will return to duty
Posted at 7:21 PM, Nov 28, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-28 20:21:40-05

Aurora Police Officer Nathan Woodyard, who was acquitted of all charges in the case of the death of Elijah McClain, has chosen to continue full-time duty with the police and will receive more than $200,000 in back pay, city officials said Tuesday.

McClain was suspended without pay after he was indicted in September 2021. He was acquitted on Nov. 6 of this year.

In accordance with Aurora's city charter, if a member of the Civil Service is restored to their position, they are owed back pay for the period of their suspension.

Right now Woodyard is on restricted duty, which means he is not in uniform and is not interacting with the public. Aurora city officials said he would go through a reintegration period, after which he would be assigned at the chief of police's discretion.

SEE MORE: Internal videos show officers charged in Elijah McClain's death

Woodyard was one of three Aurora police officers who responded to a 911 call and confronted 23-year-old McClain in the Denver suburb in 2019. The police pinned McClain to the ground while paramedics administered ketamine as a sedative. An autopsy later found complications from the sedation caused McClain's death.

SEE MORE: 1 officer convicted, 1 acquitted in death of Elijah McClain

A jury found Aurora police officer Randy Roedema guilty of criminally negligent homicide and third-degree assault. It found officer Jason Rosenblatt not guilty on all charges. 

Roedema, who has not yet been sentenced, faces up to 3 years in prison for the homicide charge.


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