AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Two women who showed support for protestors marching for Elijah McClain on Interstate 225 in July say they’re disappointed in the decision announced Wednesday by the district attorney not to pursue charges against a driver who drove a Jeep through the crowd. They say his actions were reckless, but DA George Brauchler explained there wasn’t enough evidence to show intent to harm other people.

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“That’s the only reason, I am a live today and my sister is alive today,” one woman told CBS4.

They were part of the “Wall of Moms” protecting the protestors but they say the blue Jeep came within 20 feet of them and it would have hit them if a white truck had not crashed with the Jeep. The two sisters say other eyewitnesses can confirm the details of their account but they do not have video of that moment.

“The driver of the Jeep was driving directly at us,” the other woman said.

Brauchler, the 18th Judicial District Attorney, explained his decision at a news conference on Wednesday morning. The protests on July 25 blocked I-225, which they did not have a permit for, he said. While discussing the events that day he also addressed actions of the protestors, the Jeep, and other vehicles involved.

“I don’t have that evidence here,” he said. “There is nothing that we’ve heard is in terms of objective statements there’s nothing I’ve seen in terms of pictures, video, conduct before, conduct after, that tells me that this was a person who was intent on trying to kill another person or persons, I just don’t see it.”

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But these women say the statements provided by people at the scene should have been enough for the DA to press charges not on the driver’s intent, but his actions. They call his driving reckless and say he could have seriously injured many of the people there that day.

“That doesn’t mean that gave the Jeep the right to barrel toward human beings,” the first woman said.

When other cars approached the crowd, they say the drivers were notified by people on the ground that it was closed off and to turn around. They told the same to the driver of the Jeep. The driver slowed down only after crashing with the truck and they believe he was only in danger when the accident happened and people started moving toward him including one man shooting at the Jeep.

“The Jeep driver was driving directly at us, I was in the middle of the road. The only reason why we’re here today is because that truck was able to slow him down with that collision,” the second woman said.

They believe investigators are ignoring evidence that doesn’t support the Jeep driver and they feel when they were questioned by police, the focus was already moving toward a conclusion that favored him. But Brauchler explained that the evidence he found would not have led to a conviction in court.

“This isn’t a winner in front of a jury, I’ve only been doing this 26 years,” he said. “This is not something I could prove beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The sisters say they plan to always record video whenever in a situation like this in the future but believe the lack of charges in this case only proves what people were gathering on the highway to fight for in the first place.

“All lives don’t matter equally, at least the protestors on 225, their lives don’t’ matter,” the second woman said.

Shawn Chitnis

Comments (12)
  1. Robert Gift says:

    MOmRONS wereckless trespassing on an Interstate Highway. Why are they not cited?
    These dolts causedelay in blood being delivered to a hospital.

  2. JohnPaul says:

    Because they want mob rule.

    All lives don’t matter??! GET OUT OF THE STREET STUPID!

  3. Locked and loaded says:

    The last sentence says it all. Did they ever give thought to someone experiencing a medical or other emergency? The answer is obvious. Did someone die due to you selfishly blocking the highway? Do you even care. Selfish liberals.

  4. Chip says:

    So when will our communist/Leftist Demonrat legislature make the deliberate obstruction of a roadway a felony? This type of behavior is so extremely dangerous as to be beyond belief!!!

  5. Jim says:

    A couple of true morons with their silly “wall of moms”. Wall of morons is a better term. You “moms” and those horrific protesters had NO right at all to be on that highway…NO RIGHT! Get off your lunatic high horse. Protesting is one thing, even when your “protest” is full of hot air. Yeah, it’s still your right to do. But NOT when you impeded anyone on any street or highway, building, etc. The rest of us, whether we agree with your stupidity or not, STILL have things we MUST do, places we have to get to.

  6. Randy Lahey says:

    Here’s a lesson for the moronic “wall of moms,” stand in front of a moving vehicle and you’ll get run over. I tried to water that down so that even a liberal can understand. Now get a job and do something useful that contributes to your community.

  7. Kim says:

    You should be charged for blocking roadway. Get over your liberal privilege!

  8. Marvin Gutwein says:

    Typical protesters, “illegal is legal” and “legal is illegal”. They must be liberals.

  9. Peter303 says:

    Who was legally on 225?

  10. Chip says:

    Reginald Denny. If you don’t know of this man, you should. He was pulled from the company truck he was driving during L.A.’s Rodney King riots, beaten, and had his head crushed with a cinder block. All because he stopped. These two criminals deserve to be in jail for obstructing an Interstate. If they had been in front of my truck they wouldn’t be talking to Fake News reporters but pushing up daisies.

  11. Paul Frawner says:

    Here are two by their own admission that they were illegally on the highway..Charge them.

  12. Standing on an Interstate is a simple way to exit life. If I am blocked by highway blocking morons planning to do me in I will press the gas pedal to survive such an assault.

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