The family of a young black man died after the police in Aurora, Colo., Put him in a private space and the medical staff injected him with ketamine filed a federal citizenship lawsuit on Tuesday.
Three White officers responded to reports of a suspect wearing a ski mask that blocked Elijah McClain, 23, in August 2019. McClain was unarmed and allegedly wore a ski mask because of the occasional anemia made him feel cold. The policemen placed him in a choke spot and pressed him to the ground using a carotid artery holder – pressure on one side of a person’s neck, temporarily cutting off blood flow to the brain. During the incident, McClain sobbed, saying he could not breathe and was vomiting.
The medical staff then gave him about 500 mg of ketamine. Anesthetics are also known as “special K”; when used illegally.
McClain suffered a cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital. He is presumed brain dead and stripped of his life support a few days later.
“We filed this civil rights lawsuit asking for justice for Elijah McClain, holding Aurora officials, police officer and medical staff responsible for his murder, and forcing The City of Aurora changes the longstanding racist and brutal policy paradigm, ”the family said in a statement published through their attorneys.
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The lawsuit alleged that one of the policemen jumped into McClain’s arm “with the sole purpose of causing pain by forcefully separating Elijah’s biceps and triceps.”
City of Aurora released bodycam footage and 911 calls before the incident.
In one part of it, McClain, in a sobbing voice, denied having done anything wrong. He told the officers that he was “just different,” and, “I can’t breathe, please stop.”
“When we showed up, he was wearing a ski mask,” someone could hear.
An autopsy revealed the cause of McClain’s death “unidentified”, but said “intense exertion and narrow left coronary artery” were contributing factors.
“It is very likely that the deceased person’s exertion contributed to the death,” the medical examiner said. “It is not clear whether the actions of the officers will contribute.”
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An internal review found “the responders’ actions were consistent and consistent with the procedures established by medical doctors outside the city,” the officials said.
The case drew new attention following the death of a police officer involving George Floyd in Minneapolis in late May. Floyd, also a Negro, was pinched by several officers, including one who held his knee to his neck for almost nine minutes.
State authorities initially denied charges against officers or medical personnel involved in the incident – but Governor Jared Polis later appointed a special prosecutor to investigate. The city opened another independent investigation in late July.
And three Aurora police officers were fired and another resigned in July after being linked with photos taken near the McClain memorial site, one of which shows the policemen re-roll feel used on McClain
The Justice Department and the FBI said in late June that they were reviewing their own possible citizenship investigation of the young man’s death.
McClain has worked as a massage therapist, loves animals and taught himself how to play a variety of musical instruments, according to Colorado Sentinel. He will play his violin for pets that are abandoned at animal and vegetarian camps.
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Fox News’s Dom Calicchio and Associated Press contributed to this report.