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Justice Demanded For Elijah McClain - 23-Year-Old Black Man Reportedly Killed By Police Officers

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The Black Lives Matter movement isn’t letting up. People are coming together to demand justice for Elijah McClain – a 23-year-old black man who was reportedly killed by police last year. A petition has been gaining momentum, highlighting his story for the masses and causing the Colorado Governor to re-examine his case. More inside…

A Change.org petition with millions of signatures is bringing attention to the police killing of 23-year-old black man, Elijah McClain (above).

Over 2 million people have signed an online petition demanding justice for Elijah McClain. Elijah, who was a massage therapist, died after spending four days in a coma last August following an encounter with police in Aurora, Colorado.

The petition calls on Adams County District Attorney Dave Young, Aurora's mayor Mike Coffman, and the Aurora Police Department to "bring justice for Elijah" through "a more in-depth" investigation into what happened on August 24, 2019, when Elijah was confronted by police officers as he walked home.

Last August, Elijah was walking home from a local convenience store after purchasing tea when someone called the police on him for “suspicious activity.” Apparently, he was wearing a ski mask as he walked home. His family said he’s anemic and preferred to wear a ski mask to keep his face warm. The police approached him and quickly subdued him. It's unclear how the approach occured before it ended with the men on the ground and Elijah being unable to breathe.

"He is laying on the ground vomiting, he is begging, he is saying, 'I can't breathe.' One of the officers says, 'Don't move again. If you move again, I'm calling in a dog to bite you,'" Mari Newman - the McClain's lawyer – said.

The officers reportedly placed him in a chokehold and pinned him to the ground for 15 minutes. While being pinned to the ground, Elijah threw up and told the officers he could not breathe.

 

The petition reads:

When the paramedics arrived, they administered a dose of Ketamine to the already unconscious Elijah to "sedate" him. He was pronounced dead August 27th, 2019, at only 23 years old of a heart attack. Denver 7 News stated, "...they couldn’t determine whether McClain's death was an accident, was due to natural causes, or is a homicide related to the police department's use of a carotid hold". The officers on the scene were placed on temporary leave, however, they are back in the field with no charges.

Bodycam footage from Elijah's arrest is below. WARNING! The video could be triggering:

Below are pictures of the cops of who subdued him:

Elijah was hospitalized and placed on life support after he suffered a heart attack and fell into a coma. A few days after his encounter with police, he was removed from life support by his family.

According to police, Adams County District Attorney Dave Young is the only person who can sanction a new investigation into the case.

D.A. Dave Young originally decided against charging the officers in November, according to Colorado Politics, determining there was insufficient evidence to provide the force used by police was excessive.

"I don't open up investigations based on petitions," Young told Colorado Politics. "Obviously, if there is new evidence to look at, I will look at the evidence in any case. But no, I'm not going to open up an investigation because people are signing a petition."

 
 
 
 
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I just read the transcript of the words Elijah McCain spoke as he was being killed by the Aurora Police Department last year and I almost threw up. Wrapping this white head around the lived reality of Black people in this country makes my head spin and my stomach twist. I am ashamed that I was blind to this for as long as I was. I am learning, listening and supporting to the best of my abilities because THIS HAS TO STOP. Also Breonna Taylor’s killers are still free. I’m calling the Aurora and Louisville Mayor and PDs today and I suggest you do the same. #Repost @nycsharathon #Repost @mattyphelanmiller with @get_repost ・・・ #JusticeforElijahMcClain This gentle young man was killed by Aurora Police in Colorado less than a year ago. The officers have not been charged for taking his life. Elijah was a 23 year old massage therapist. He taught himself to play violin and guitar. On his lunch breaks from work he would sometimes bring his guitar and play music for the animals in the pet shop. Elijah loved running. He ran in barefoot running shoes because he believed they are more natural for humans to wear. He was anemic and wore a runners mask to stay warm. Content warning for violent description. On the night he was killed, he walked to the store wearing his running mask to buy iced tea for his cousins. Someone called the police about “suspicious behavior.” On the audio footage released by Aurora PD you can hear Elijah crying out, “Let go of me. I’m an introvert. Please respect the boundaries that I am speaking….I can’t breathe.” Elijah was 140 lbs. Even when he was being brutally attacked he spoke with integrity. While 3 Aurora Police Dept officers violently restrained him they called Aurora Fire Dept, who injected him with ketamine. He went into cardiac arrest and his family was advised to take him off life support 6 days later. Please share his story. Demand justice for Elijah! Support his family’s GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/elijah-mcclain #blacklivesmatter #sayhisname #justiceforelijah #elijahmcclain #saytheirnames5280 #blm5280 #blackout2020

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Now, Gov. Jared Polis will reexamine the case.

Let's get justice for Elijah McClain. He didn't deserve this. You can sign the petition here.

 

EXTRAS:

1. An NYPD officer has been arrested for the recent Queens boardwalk chokehold arrest. STORY

 

Photo:  Change.org

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