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.
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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..