The battle is not over yet. This has almost just begun.Nearly two years after an unarmed black Elijah McClain was arrested in August 2019 and killed by Aurora police after strangling his throat and injecting a tranquilizer, the grand jury decided for McLean Family justice basis CBS News.
After Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser launched an independent investigation into McLean’s death in June 2020, the grand jury announced in January whether they will decide whether the officials and paramedics involved should be prosecuted. Earlier, a local prosecutor refused to file charges in 2019 on the grounds that the evidence regarding Elijah’s death was inconclusive. After the death of George Floyd, Attorney General Weiser and the public became very interested in the case, and their pressure did not seem to be in vain.
Attorney General Wei Ze It was announced today that the grand jury had issued 32 charges against three Aurora police officers and two paramedics involved in his death. Police officers Nathan Woodyard and Randy Roedema, former police officers Jason Rosenblatt and Aurora fire and rescue paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Lt. Peter Cichuniec. All five were charged with one count of manslaughter and one count of criminal negligent homicide. Two of the police officers faced additional charges of assault and violent crime. The two paramedics also face charges of assault and use a lethal weapon to cause reckless bodily harm by injecting the tranquilizer ketamine.
The charge for nursing staff does not stop there. They also face assault charges related to “intentionally causing coma, loss of consciousness, or other physical or mental injury or injury” because they used ketamine for purposes other than legal medical treatment without consent. Elijah’s father, LaWayne Mosely, issued a statement regarding these allegations through his lawyer Mari Newman. “There is nothing to get my son back, but I am grateful that his murderer will eventually be held accountable,” he said.
Attorney General Weiser is also investigating the Aurora police station. We will keep you informed as more information about this case becomes available.
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