Police officers and paramedics in Aurora, Colorado are facing criminal charges in the death of Elijah McClain.
Elijah McClain was a 23-year-old Black American massage therapist from Aurora, Colorado who died six days after a violent police encounter on August 30, 2019 .
Five suburban Denver police officers and medics have been indicted by a Colorado grand jury in connection with the death two years ago of a young Black man walking home from the store.
Elijah McClain, 23, died after being thrown to the ground, put into a now-banned carotid artery chokehold and being injected with the tranquilizer ketamine by Aurora police and medics during the Aug. 24, 2019 encounter. Police were responding to a 911 call that he had worn a face mask into a convenience store to buy some iced tea. He was not accused of a crime by the caller, who thought he looked suspicious and reported he was Black.
“I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe, please. I can’t. I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe, please stop,” McClain begged officers, according to body-worn camera footage.
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