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“We’re really sorry”: 10 years after a man was killed by police at the Denver Zoo, sorry

"We're really sorry": 10 years after a man was killed by police at the Denver Zoo, sorry

It took 10 years to apologize.

But it was Friday evening when Denver Zoo President Bert Wescolani looked Gail Waters in the eye and offered condolences at the zoo on the death of his son, Alonso Ashley, at the hands of Denver police officers.

“We are very sorry for that,” Wesclane said.

As the zoo nears its end and as the animals build their nests for the night, zoo officials do what Ashley’s family and community workers have been demanding for years – accept responsibility and edit. ۔ Apologizing, Vesculani unveiled a plaque with a picture of Ashley, a brief description of Ashley’s character, and a Bible verse. A new water fountain built in Ashley’s memory and a plaque will be placed near the cooling station.

For Denver community workers, this is the first time in their memory that an organization has erected a public memorial for someone killed by police and offered a public apology.

“What we’re doing today is memorable towards accountability,” Lando said.

Eli Emadali, exclusive to the Denver Post.

Mountain goats see water fountains and cooling stations Friday at the Denver Zoo to commemorate Alonzo Ashley.

On July 18, 2011, 29-year-old Ashley was visiting the Denver Zoo with his girlfriend’s family when he started exhibiting strange behavior and ran to find a spring. A zoo volunteer called the police, who dealt with Ashley and startled her with a teaser.

Of Coroner’s report He said that during the fight, Ashley was placed face down on the ground with her hands tied behind her back and her legs crossed and she was twisted and pushed towards her hips. He began to tremble and stopped breathing before the paramedics arrived. The coroner called Ashley’s death a homicide and said she died of a heart attack caused by heat, dehydration and hard work during the struggle.

The eight officers involved in Ashley’s death were cleared of wrongdoing by the Denver District Attorney’s Office and faced no charges. disciplinary action From the Denver Police Department in 2016, Denver paid Ashley’s family 29 295,000 to settle a lawsuit, but for years the Denver Zoo has refused to accept any responsibility for the death.

Ashley’s death was due to police protests, and the Zoo officials were asked to respond to their staff members and volunteers that they failed to recognize that Ashley was in trouble and was not a threat to the public. ۔ Many members of Denver’s black community boycotted the zoo.

For years, members of the Denver Justice Project have visited the zoo on Ashley’s death anniversary to remind people of what happened. Over the years, zoo officials have asked them to leave the zoo’s plaza, then the parking lot, and eventually the entire property.

Eli Emadali, exclusive to the Denver Post.

Rose rests under newly installed water fountains and cooling stations commemorating Alonzo Ashley at the Denver Zoo.