Three police officers and two doctors have been charged in the U.S. State of Colorado with the death of black Elijah McClain. The 23-year-old man was killed in Aurora in August 2019 after agents held him in a choke hold and injected him with the ketamine.
McClain died of cardiac arrest. That happened several months before George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis by a police officer.
A grand jury, a group of citizens who decide whether the prosecutor has sufficient evidence to prosecute, decided that the officers and doctors are to be charged.
“Our goal is to seek justice for Elijah McClain, his family and friends, and his State,” Attorney General Phil Weiser said last night.
The five are charged with manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. Four of them, including the two doctors who supplied ketamine without his permission, are also charged with assault. Pending the legal process, the agents and doctors are immediately and indefinitely suspended.
It’s been over two years since McClain died. At the time, the officers came to a report of a ‘suspicious’ black man who was ‘acting strangely’ on the street.
McClain walked home after visiting the supermarket and had bags of iced tea with him.
“I’m introverted and I’m different,” the 23-year-old said to the cops when he was arrested, according to The New York Times. “I’m not doing anything else wrong.” McClain was taken unconscious as a result of his arrest to a hospital, where he died six days later.