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Violin Vigil For Elijah McClain Is Stormed By Riot Police Who Pepper Spray Protesters

What started out as a peaceful protest for Elijah McClain, a young Black man slain by cops, quickly became chaotic as police descended on the vigil in Aurora's City Center Park in Colorado.

It's been almost a year since 23-year-old Elijah McClain was slain by Aurora police. After an investigation, no charges were ever filed against the officers. A violin vigil for Elijah was held Saturday night in Aurora as he played the instrument. The gathering seem to set the Aurora police off, as they sent in the riot squad, pepper-spraying some, and making three arrests.

Source: TMZ

Cops in Aurora, CO came in like a military unit to forcibly remove -- not to mention pepper spray -- peaceful protesters who were watching a violin performance to honor Elijah McClain.

This went down Saturday in City Center Park, where a musical vigil had been planned to pay respects to Elijah -- who died while in custody of Aurora PD last year -- which was incredibly symbolic, seeing how Elijah played violin himself. At one point, the police had seen enough.

In the video, captured by a vigilant bystander, you can see the jarring juxtaposition play out live on camera. At first, you hear the violinists -- some of whom are said to have been underage -- beautifully playing in unison, and the next minute ... cops are storming the place.

The woman recording can be heard -- along with others -- openly yelling "No!" at what's about to happen next ... forcible removal and literally pushing the protesters out of the park, while shutting down the performance. Pepper spray started getting dispersed at one point too.

And for those not familiar with the facts surrounding Elijah McClain's death, here's this.

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