Three Colorado police officers and two paramedics will face criminal charges in relation to the death of Elijah McClain.
The Colorado Attorney General announced the five will be charged with manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. In 2019, 23-year-old McClain was stopped by Aurora police after the department received a call regarding a suspicious man wearing a ski mask and waving his arms oddly.
Bodycam footage and audio show an officer approach McClain and ask him to stop walking, however, McClain does not comply, leading more officers to step in to restrain him. While doing so, the officer’s body camera view is obstructed. Allegedly, McClain attempted to grab one of the officer’s guns while crying and defending himself.
At one point, McClain said, “I’m just different. I’m just different, that’s all. That’s all I was doing. I’m so sorry. I have no gun. I don’t do that stuff. I don’t do any fighting. Why were you attacking me? I don’t do guns. I don’t even kill flies. I don’t eat meat… I am a vegetarian,” he said.
After the commotion, the body camera footage resumes and shows McClain handcuffed and vomiting on the floor. Paramedics arrived on the scene and administered 500 milligrams of ketamine to McClain, who was 140 pounds. For his weight, 500 mg is 1 ½ time the appropriate dose.
Investigations following the controversial incident alleged that Aurora police did not have the legal basis to stop McClain, despite the phone call reporting him. Furthermore, while paramedics are permitted to administer ketamine to aggressive people under arrest, the protocol or lack thereof, in McClain’s case contributed to his death.
ARTICLE: ANTOINETTE AHO
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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