Cop Laughed When He Learned Elijah Mcclain Had Died
Elijah McClain was walking home on August 24, 2019, when police arrested him, put him into in a choke hold, cutting off his air, when things suddenly got much worst. The cops called paramedics who gave McClain ketamine, a sedative, that was far too strong for his 5’7” 140-pound frame. He died in the hospital three days later. On September 23, the coroners in Adams & Broomfield County in Aurora, Colorado, ruled that McClain died from ketamine administration following forcible restraint, which led to his death. The coroner ruled, however, the cause of death was undetermined. McClain pleaded for his life, begging police to allow him to breathe just like George Floyd did when Minneapolis police officer Derrick Chauvin pushed his knee into Floyd’s neck on May 25, 2020. McClain died on August 27, a few days after he was arrested and handcuffed for no reason. “Simply put, this dosage of ketamine was too much for this individual and it resulted in an overdose….I believe that McClain would most likely be alive today but for the administration of ketamine,” said Dr. Stephen Cina, a forensic pathology consultant. Paramedics Peter Cichuniec and Jeremy Cooper were called to the scene and were told that McClain was suffering from “excited delirium,” a supposed state of hyper-agitation often used by police to describe Black suspects during police interactions. Believing the officers, Cichuniec and Cooper injected McClain with ketamine to address his supposed agitation after which he went into cardiac arrest. He was declared brain-dead on Aug. 27 and taken off life support three days later. The City of Aurora, Colorado, agreed to pay $15 million in damages to McClain’s parents. In a federal lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Denver, McClain’s parents accused both police and first responders of violating McClain’s rights and causing his death. McClain was stopped by police because someone’s complaint. He was wearing a ski mask on the evening he was arrested. A caller told police said he look ‘sketchy,’ very much like what happened to Rev. Michael Jerome Jennings, a Black pastor who was watering his vacationing neighbor’s flowers, when police arrested him in Childersburg, Ala. He was charged with obstruction of government operations, a charge which was later dropped. A White women called police on the minister. McClain was wearing a ski mask because he suffers from anemia, a blood condition that caused him to become cold easily. McClain was tackled by officers Nathan Woodyard, Randy Roedema, and Jason Rosenblatt as he made his way home. Jason Rosenblatt, one of three Aurora police officers was later fired over photos taken in which he mocked McClain’s death. He received the pictures taken by three other cops and laughed, ‘ha ha,’ according to the police chief. Two officers who also appeared in the photos were fired, and a third resigned before he was fired. A 32-count indictment was filed against the cops and paramedics. Charges against them included manslaughter and negligent homicide.