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3 police officers and two paramedics are accused of killing Elijah McClain with a chokehold 2 years ago in Colorado


A vigil last year in Hollywood, California, to demand justice after the death of Elijah McClain in Colorado.

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A grand jury in Colorado filed 32 criminal charges against three police officers and two paramedics in connection with the death of 23-year-old African American Elijah McClain in August 2019.

The charges include manslaughter and criminal negligence manslaughter. The officers practiced a choke hold on him while he was detained.

The young man shouted “I can’t breathe”, as in the case of the also African-American George Floyd assassinated in Minneapolis, by Officer Derek Chauvin sentenced to 22 years in prison last June.

The indictment includes Aurora Police Officers Randy Roedema and Nathan Woodyard, as well as former Deputy Jason Rosenblatt; also to emergency workers Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec.

Additionally, Roedema and Rosenblatt were charged with one charge each of assault and another of crime of violence. While Cooper and Cichuniec face three more charges of assault and six for the crime of violence.

According to municipal law, officers charged with criminal charges are suspended indefinitely without the right to pay. Neither the Aurora Police Department nor the Fire Department has reacted to the allegations.

“We are here today because Elijah McClain is not and should be,” said State Attorney General Phil Weiser at a news conference Wednesday in which he announced the criminal prosecution.

“When he died he was only 23 years old. He had his whole life ahead of him and his family and friends now have to continue fighting and live without him, “added the official.

Weiser was appointed last year by Colorado Governor Jared Polis as special counsel to investigate McClain’s death. In 2019, a district attorney argued that he could indict the officers involved in McClain’s death because the autopsy could not determine how he died and because the evidence did not prove that the force used was unjustified.

The death of the young man on August 24 of the aforementioned year It happened in the middle of a police arrest when he was returning home after doing some shopping. The officers considered that the African American looked suspicious since he covered his face with a balaclava hood.

The masseur, who also played the violin, resisted.

Police cameras captured lethal detention

Corporal police cameras captured the intervention that culminated in the death of the citizen.

“I’m an introvert,” McClain tells officials who are restraining him. “Please respect the limits I’m talking about,” continues the suspect.

“Relax or I’m going to have to change the situation,” responds one of the uniformed men.

McClain, who was wearing the headphones, told officers he was trying to take them off to listen to them. In the struggle, one of the policemen expresses: “He just grabbed your gun …”. Another cashier threatens the man with bringing his dog to bite him without continuing to rampage.

Officers proceeded to use a carotid restraint key to complete the McClain arrest; in addition, they injected him with a sedative to supposedly calm him down. McClain vomited during the altercation.

In the latest images from the cameras, the detainee is seen handcuffed and vomiting with a policeman leaning on him.

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