An independent investigation has found that Aurora Colorado police did not have a legal cause to stop, frisk or detain Elijah McClain. The report also criticizes the medics response and decision to administer the drug Ketamine.
“Aurora Fire appears to have accepted the officers’ impression that Mr. McClain had excited delirium without corroborating that impression through meaningful observations or diagnostic examination of Mr. McClain,” the report said.
“In addition, EMS administered a ketamine dosage based on a grossly inaccurate and inflated estimate of Mr. McClain’s size. Higher doses can carry a higher risk of sedation complications, for which this team was clearly not prepared.”
Elijah McClain was taken off life support on Aug. 30, 2019-days after he was confronted by police in the Denver suburb of Aurora, as officers answered a call reporting a suspicious person in the area. McClain had been out running errands.
“I have a right to stop you because you’re being suspicious,” an officer is heard on a body camera recording telling McClain. Officers applied a choke hold during the confrontation to subdue him. When the paramedics came they administered a sedative to calm McClain down. McClain suffered a cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital and was later declared brain dead. He was taken off life support less than a week later.
“Aurora is responsible for Elijah’s tragic death by virtue of its employees’ unlawful and unconscionable actions,” the Attorney representing the family said.
“Elijah believed in humanity and that humanity mattered,” Sheneen McClain said in the statement. “Inhumane humans are a problem and we must stop unjust laws.”
READ THE REPORT HERE
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