Grand jury charges Aurora police officers, paramedics in 2019 death of Elijah McClain – KKTV 11 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser held a press conference Wednesday and announced the three Aurora police officers and two fire paramedics involved in the death of Elijah McClain will be facing charges. A grand jury on Thursday returned a 32-count indictment. Five defendants will each face one count of manslaughter and one count of criminally negligent homicide.
The Attorney General says those involved will be facing other charges including a variety of second-degree assault charges.
The press conference was scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday in Denver. Watch the full press conference at the top of this article.
In January, Weiser announced that he had opened a grand jury investigation in the case. The Attorney General also says the investigation is going to be unsealed.
On Aug. 24, 2019, Aurora Police say the received a “suspicious person” call at about 10:30 at night.
“The caller reported an adult male was walking on Billings Street near East Colfax Avenue, wearing a ski mask and waving his arms at the caller,” officials with the Aurora Police Department explain in an online blog about the incident.
Officers made contact with McClain and a struggle ensued. Aurora Fire Rescue (AFR) was then called to the scene.
“According to AFR, consistent with their accepted protocol, a standard medication routinely utilized to reduce agitation was administered and reduced the exhibited anxiety,” the online blog reads. “Several minutes later during the transport to the hospital the patient suffered a cardiac arrest and lifesaving measures were initiated. He regained a pulse and is currently being treated at a local hospital.”
McClain died days after the incident.
All five people indicted turned themselves in Wednesday night:
All five people who have been indicted by a grand jury in connection with Elijah McClain's death turned themselves in…
The Attorney General reportedly contacted the family of Elijah McClain on Tuesday to tell them the news before Wednesday’s press conference. During that call, the Attorney general said Elijah’s father, LaWayne Mosley, wept tears of joy. The McClain family lawyer sent 11 News the following statements regarding the indictment:
“Nothing will bring back my son, but I am thankful that his killers will finally be held accountable.”
“For far too long, racist and brutal police across this country have acted as though the law does not apply to them. This indictment serves as a powerful reminder to all members of law enforcement that no one is above the law.”
Several officials with the City of Aurora released statements on Wednesday:
“This week marks the two-year anniversary of Elijah’s tragic death, and we know his family mourns him. It brought back painful memories for me like it did for scores of Aurora residents and other people across the country. We must remember that no civil or criminal investigation will erase the pain and heartbreak of Elijah’s loss.
City leaders thank the Colorado Attorney General’s Office and the members of the Grand Jury for their commitment to a resolution. We respect the judicial process and ask that everyone else do the same. The city has cooperated fully with the Attorney General’s Office and its investigators throughout their thorough and thoughtful work, including their separate investigation into the patterns and practices of the APD, which is still pending. Pursuant to Aurora’s City Charter, any member of the Civil Service, which would include police officers and firefighters, indicted on a felony charge is immediately and indefinitely suspended without pay. This effectively separates the employee from the city of Aurora pending the outcome of the criminal case.
You have heard me say that we will not waver from our commitment to ‘A New Way’ of policing in Aurora and that holds true today. We are also committed to supporting our officers while we ask them to meet our community’s expectations of transparency and reform. We want our community to know we continue to make multidimensional changes across numerous departments. We continue to collaborate between city, state and community leaders, and the hardworking officers who embrace the work and bravely protect our city.
This tragedy has greatly changed and shaped Aurora. Today’s announcement is an important step in restoring the community’s trust in Aurora’s public safety agencies and in honoring Elijah’s life.”
“I know this has been a long-awaited decision for Ms. McClain and her family. This tragedy will forever be imprinted on our community. We continue to offer our condolences for the loss of Elijah, and we will continue to cooperate with the judicial process.”
“For more than two years our community has grieved the death of a precious life. Our community demanded answers and continually questioned the circumstances surrounding Elijah’s death and we are committed to fully cooperating as the judicial process moves forward. We want to share again our deepest expression of sympathy to the family members and friends of Elijah McClain.”
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