Daily Beast: A grand jury has returned a 32-count indictment against two Aurora police officers, one ex-officer and two local paramedics in the death of Elijah McClain, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said on Wednesday.
All five defendants—Aurora police officers Randy Roedema and Nathan Woodyard, former officer Jason Roseblatt, and fire paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Lt. Peter Cichuniec—face one count of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
It's been an entire year since Elijah McClain was tortured and murdered by Aurora, Colorado officers Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt and Randy Roedema.
No arrests have been made. No justice has been served. No peace will be had.#JusticeForElijah #BLM #NoJusticeNoPeace pic.twitter.com/Zf3IU8IU74
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Roedema and Rosenblatt also face second-degree assault charges for causing serious bodily injury to McClain. Cooper and Cichuniec were also charged with second degree assault for causing bodily injury, by means of a deadly weapon, after they used ketamine to sedate McClain without consent.
“Nothing will bring back my son, but I am thankful that his killers will finally be held accountable,” McClain’s dad, LaWayne Mosley, said in a statement.
McClain, 23, was walking home from a convenience store on Aug. 24, 2019, after buying ice tea for his brother, when Aurora police tackled him to the ground, handcuffed him, and put in carotid holds that restricted blood flow to his brain.
Paramedics sedated McClain with a high dosage of ketamine and he suffered cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital. He was declared brain dead and removed from life support days later.
The officers stopped McClain after a 911 call about a “sketchy” individual, according to reports about the call. McClain was wearing a ski mask and listening to music, and did not immediately yield to officers.
His family later said he often wore a ski mask because he had anemia and would sometimes get cold. Relatives and friends described McClain to the Colorado Sentinel as a quiet, gentle soul who worked as a massage therapist and often put on violin concerts at animal shelters. “I don’t even think he would set a mouse trap if there was a rodent problem,” a friend, Eric Behrens, said. Read more..
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Elijah was such a peaceful soul.
Look up and read what he says to officers while they were arresting/killing him…he couldn’t believe this was happening to him he didn’t do anything at all just walking home with an ice tea.
Anyone who plays violin in animal shelters is a no 1 dude in my book. … but I guess that’s too wierd for the Colorado white piggy force so let’s kill the little back kid and say he had a knife or was listening to wrong radio station. I am glad justice served but we will see if convictions enforced.
As is usual, the prosecutors and police association are complicit as well. When are these prosecutors going to be prosecuted? In many of these cases, it is plain and simple conspiracy. Prosecutors see the video and evidence before anyone and yet they take the side of the police or delay justice unless they are caught. Has a prosecutor ever been prosecuted for aiding and abetting? At the very least they are guilty of negligence. There needs to be prosecution of these conspirators, as that is exactly what they are. If the police knew that they would be prosecuted for violations, this would crap would end. What is particularly galling is that they actually fired one of them for texting ‘ha ha’. Although that was in very poor taste, I can’t see that that was a violation of a statute, except that it actually looked bad to the public. But not prosecute those that also participated in the assault? That PR is more important than justice is plain to see. How long have these riots been going on? How is it that prosecutors have not gotten the message? How will the voters of this city deal with a police chief who believes that policy was followed when it resulted in the death of an innocent person…and pronounced innocent those that murdered this guy? This is the kind of rot we have throughout our entire government.
Maybe a RICO lawsuit against the police unions that sanction murderous pigs! Also, why the hell are police departments using Ketamine? A extremely powerful hallucinogen on the streets referred to as Special k.
I believe Diaeapam would be a million times safer??
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