Elijah McClain Officers, Medics Face 32 Charges in Chokehold, Ketamine Death

The announcement comes just over two years since the death of McClain, 23, who had told police, “I can’t breathe,” after they placed him in a chokehold.

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Elijah McCalin. (Photo: Courtesy of the McClain family)

Police and paramedics in suburban Denver will face charges in the case of Elijah McClain, the young Black man who died in 2019 after he was detained and placed in a chokehold by officers, following eight months of a grand jury investigation convened by Colorado’s top prosecutor.

State Attorney General Phil Weiser on Wednesday said that two officers with the Aurora Police Department and one former officer and two paramedics will be charged with one count each of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, as well as other charges. The indictment is a total of 32 counts, Weiser said.

“I said our investigation would be guided by a commitment to the facts, by thorough and diligent work, and we would be worthy of public trust and confidence in the criminal justice system,” he said. “These remain the guiding principles of this matter.”

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