Stamford Advocate

Officers, medics indicted in death of Elijah McClain

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Three suburban Denver police officers and two paramedics were indicted on manslaught­er and other charges in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a chokehold and injected with a powerful sedative in a fatal encounter that provoked national outcry during racial injustice protests last year.

The grand jury indictment­s announced Wednesday by state Attorney General Phil Weiser are the latest chapter for the Police Department in the city of Aurora, which has been plagued by allegation­s of misconduct against people of color, including a officer charged this summer with pistolwhip­ping a Black man.

McClain’s death helped inspire a sweeping police accountabi­lity law in Colorado, a ban on chokeholds and restrictio­ns on the use of the sedative ketamine, both of which the indictment alleges contribute­d to his death. The charges were announced days after the second anniversar­y of when police stopped McClain on the street after a 911 caller reported a man who seemed “sketchy.”

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