Eighteen months after the demise of Elijah McClain by the hands of Aurora, Colorado police, an unbiased investigation factors to wrongdoing on the a part of the officers who detained and choked the 23-year-old unarmed Black man.
According to the Denver Post, an unbiased investigation commissioned by the town discovered “Aurora police officers did not have a legal basis to force Elijah McClain to stop walking, to frisk him or to use a chokehold on him.”
The division’s detectives within the Major Crimes Unit cleared the officers of any wrongdoing however the investigation claims “the report of the Major Crime Unit stretched the record to exonerate the officers rather than present a neutral version of the facts.”
A press release from the Rathod Mohamedbhai legislation agency, which represents Elijah’s mom Sheneen McClain, reads, “The Aurora officials who contributed to Elijah’s death must be immediately terminated. Ms. McClain continues to call for the criminal prosecution of those responsible for Elijah’s death. Elijah committed no crime on the day of his death, but those who are responsible for Elijah’s death certainly did.”
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CNN reviews that Aurora Police declined to touch upon the report. It’s not clear when or if the officers shall be charged. In November of 2019, District Attorney Dave Young refused to press fees in opposition to the officers concerned as a result of the post-mortem stated the reason for demise was inclusive. Young informed CNN’s Chris Cuomo in June 2020, “I can’t take a case to the jury the place I do not know what the reason for demise is on a murder case.”
McClain was reportedly strolling house from a comfort retailer on August 24, 2019, when police responded to a name of a “suspicious man” with a ski masks. Officers detained McClain by inserting him in a chokehold. Paramedics arrived on the scene and injected him with a big dosage of ketamine to sedate him.
Body digicam footage exhibits McClain being wrestled to the bottom, vomiting, crying and gasping “I can’t breathe,” as police detained him. Three days later, he was declared mind useless and an post-mortem was discovered inconclusive.
The lawsuit is the newest controversy surrounding the Aurora Police Department. Last week, a viral video surfaced of officers holding a Black household at gunpoint after they mistook their car for a stolen automobile.
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