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The FBI has been reviewing Elijah McClain's death since last year

July 1, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The FBI and US Justice Department have been reviewing the circumstances around Elijah McClain's death since 2019, the federal agencies said Tuesday in a joint statement.

(CNN)The FBI and US Justice Department have been reviewing the circumstances around Elijah McClain's death since 2019, the federal agencies said Tuesday in a joint statement.

The review is focused on determining whether a federal civil rights investigation is warranted, the statement said.

"The matter is ongoing, and we are in the process of gathering additional evidence from the Aurora Police Department and other parties," it said.

"I am both surprised and pleased to hear that a civil rights investigation is being considered by the FBI, U. S. Attorney's Office, and the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division," Mari Newman said in a statement.

I invite these agencies to reach out and will happily provide information to assist in this critically important investigation," Newman's statement said.

McClain began struggling again once he was released from the hold, the report said.

The officers' safety was a primary reason for the move as various police and city employees have received complaints and threats recently, a spokeswoman for the Aurora Police Department previously said.

An investigation is pending, the chief said in a statement.

I will comment on the case once the #investigation is complete," Coffman said.

In their statement, the FBI and Justice Department said they were aware of "recent media reports" around the investigation into a photograph.

"We are gathering further information about that incident to determine whether a federal civil rights investigation is warranted," their statement said.

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