Elijah McClain, 23, died after being arrested by police in Aurora, Colorado.
In August 2019 police were responding a call about a man, later identified as McClain, who was wearing a ski mask and waving his arms. The caller said that McClain was not a danger, as he was unarmed.
Police say, McClain refused to stop and resisted arrest. Police officers took him to the ground, handcuffed him and used a chokehold. Paramedics used ketamine on him. While being transported to the hospital, McClain went into cardiac arrest. Three days after arriving at the hospital, he was declared dead.
In August 2020, McClain’s family filed a lawsuit in US District Court. In September 2021, a jury brought charges of felony manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and second-degree assault against three police officers and two paramedics. In February 2022, they were arrested. The trial against police offciers and medics was moved to August
MASS MEDIA ABOUT THE CASE:
The lawsuit stated in part: “Aurora’s brutality denied Elijah almost his entire adult life, a life of bright promise both for him and for the many people with whom he would have shared his light and compassion.”
“In far too many circumstances ketamine is being used to help effectuate arrests without a full appreciation of the health risks,” said Congressman Joe Neguse.
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The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.