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Update 9/4/2021: Below we have updated the names of the Board Members, their current employers (most work for the Aurora Police Department, which seems problematic based on the Statement the Aurora Police Association released & the APD’s response), and any easily found background information. Information of Board members came from the Aurora Police Association tax return since they are not listed on the website. 

Update 9/9/2021: Revised to reflect Virgil Majors reached out to YS to inform us he is no longer on the Board for the APA.

Additionally, since publishing this article social media posts were removed. They will remain in the article to demonstrate this. 

APA Tax Return

https://projects.propublica.org/nonprofits/organizations/475520793

Aurora Police Department decertifies the Aurora Police Association as the official union representing APD

Aurora Police Association (APA) released a statement today, Sept. 1, 2021, on the 32 indictments by the Colorado grand jury, against three Aurora Police Officers and two paramedics involved in the death of Elijah McClain. 

APA is a private non-profit, made up of members of the Aurora Police Department. Aurora Police Department responded in a statement that disassociated the APD and the City of Aurora from the APA.

The full statement from Aurora Police Association (APA) released Sept. 1, 2021;
Statement released by Aurora Police Association Board of Directors, Elijah McClain

Statement released by Aurora Police Association Board of Directors, Sept. 1, 2021, regarding the 32 indictments against 3 Aurora Police Officers and 2 Paramedics

 

The statement by the APA invoked shock and horror for many in the community. This organization is not affiliated with the City of Aurora or Aurora Police Department per the statement released in response to the APA’s.

The APA appears to provide significant funding for police officers who face legal challenges, which many on the APA Board have been involved in.

From the Aurora Police Association website under Board and Staff:

The Aurora Police Association was founded as a social club in 1942 for police officers serving the Aurora, Colorado Police Department. As law enforcement changed over time, the APA expanded their services to protect officers and their families in contract negotiations with the City of Aurora, offering legal services, insurance benefits and a host of other programs for their members and the Aurora community.
The Aurora Police Association Charitable Foundation was founded to help Aurora police officers and their families during times of hardship. The foundation has grown to support scholarships for high school students entering law enforcement careers and the twice-annual Shop with a Cop program to provide back to school supplies and holiday gifts for Aurora children and their families. The Charitable Foundation fundraisers have supported scholarships for the children of Aurora Police Officers, aided the Aurora Police Explorers program and provided donations to Children’s Hospital of Colorado.
The Charitable Foundation provides financial assistance to our APA members, their families and other organizations throughout Aurora and our law enforcement community.

Considering there are no Board of Directors listed on the website — and we had to dig up their tax filing to get that information on this non-profit — who wrote this statement and released it?

Most APA Board members are currently employed by the Aurora Police Department or were previously employed by APD. Based on this statement by the APA which denounced any wrongdoing by officers in the death of Elijah McClain, how much has the ongoing violent culture within the APD really changed? Will the APD further distance themselves from this organization by terminating employment for these officers?

The Community asked some good questions around this as well.

 

Aurora Police Association Board of Directors

The majority are currently employed at Aurora Police Department.

Bob Wesner APA President / Police Lieutenant / Public Safety Communications Director at Aurora Colorado Police Department

Gregg Gallozzi APA Vice President / Real Estate Broker at Cherry Creek Properties

Judy Lutkin APA Secretary / Aurora Police Officer

Walter Obrecht APA Grievance Steward / Sergeant, Aurora Police Department

Tasha Ewert APA Treasurer / Patrol Officer-K9 Unit, Aurora Police Department

Lawsuit:

“Civil Action No. 19-cv-00572-MEH ” Harris v. City of Denver, Civil Action No. 19-cv-00572-MEH, (D. Colo. Dec. 17, 2019)

Machelle Williby APA Asst. Secretary / Brotherhood for the Fallen Aurora, Membership Secretary / Special Officer, Aurora Police Department

Lawsuit:

https://aclu-co.org/aclu-sues-aurora-police-ousting-black-man-hoodie-coffee-shop/

https://www.westword.com/news/omar-hassan-sues-two-aurora-police-officers-for-racial-profiling-at-caribou-coffee-9536563

Joe Cornell APA Trustee / Grievance Steward at Aurora Police Association / Police Academy Instructor / Officer Aurora Police Department

Virgil Majors APA Asst Treasurer / Community Relations Officer Aurora Police Department UPDATE: Mr Majors notified YS that he is no longer on the Board for APA.

Colorado city task force to study police, public interaction

Jason Chilson APA Asst Grievance Steward / Investigator/Expert Witness at JC Investigations / former Senior Investigator, Pilum Defense Agency / former Officer, Aurora Police Department

Lawsuit:

“Civil Action No. 11-cv-02136-RBJ-MJW” Acosta v. City of Aurora, Civil Action No. 11-cv-02136-RBJ-MJW, (D. Colo. Jan. 11, 2012)

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