By Ben Warwick

DENVER (CBS4) – The mural of Elijah McClain, recently repainted on a wall outside Epic Brewing, was repainted as a part of the regular rotation of street art. The new art went up in recent weeks.

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McClain is the 23-year-old Black man who died after Aurora police officers put him in a chokehold. Paramedics injected McClain with a sedative a year ago, leading to his death several days after the confrontation.

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Artists, including Thomas “Detour” Evans, painted a mural of him, on a wall outside Epic Brewing in RiNo. A new mural, this time of Jason Abernethy, who led the charge to make Denver a more bike-friendly city, replaced that of McClain.

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CBS4 spoke with the curator of the Epic Brewing art wall, who explained that the murals rotate on a regular monthly schedule. The artists set to paint the wall in July elected to leave Elijah’s mural up for another month. More artists are welcome to paint whatever they’d like — with rules against only nudity and profanity — starting in September. The curator said that there was no vandalism against the mural at any time.

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The original artists of the McClain mural were told their work would be painted over.

Ben Warwick