Elijah McClain

Fatal Arrest

The result of this investigation is the fatal arrest on Monday in suburban of Elijah McClain, Denver criticises how the police have handled the situation and the incident and faulting the officer for their quick and aggressive treatment of a black man who was 23 years old and the Department for having the accountability systems weak which failed to press the truth about what had happened.


The investigation’s findings, commissioned by the city of Aurora released on Monday, found two contrasting stories of what happened to McClain after an unknown person suspected and reported him as suspicious.

Two Stories, One incident

One was the officer’s statements to investigators based on where police describe a relentless violent struggle. The other one is based on the body camera footage. McClain was heard crying out in pain, explaining himself, apologising, and pleading the officers as they restrained him and applied specific techniques including “pain compliance” lime wrist locks kneeled or sat on him. In the report, McClain pleaded to forgive him and called everyone phenomenal and beautiful at one point.


Police stop the flow of blood to the brain by putting McClain in a neck hold, making him render temporarily unconscious, and paramedics inject a Katarina as a sedative. He first suffered a cardiac arrest then was taken off life support.


Renewal after the death

McClain’s death was like a renewed attention last year amid the national reckoning over police racial injustice and brutality. It promoted several investigations by the Colorado Attorney General’s office, including a probe into possible criminal charges.

Investigators outside the city

The city asked other investigators to take a look into the actions of police, paramedics and firefighters in McClain arrest in the Aurora investigation. Still, the Attorney General’s criminal investigation should not be duplicated. They were asked to review the McClain arrest’s policies and practices, like the use of Katarina and the use of force.

The city was banned from using Ketamine because of this incident, and it waits for the results of this investigation. The investigation found no physical contact, questioning and examining before the pandemic administered 500 MG of ketamine to McClain. There was an emergency for medical service policies to make sure paramedics have safety measures rather than act as an arm to the police department, suggested the reports.

The three police who arrested McClain failed to ask critical and fundamental questions about the use of force used to capture McClain, says the department of investigators who questioned them. They were expected to give a proper reason to use the power and determine if it is legally justified to use the force. This racial abuse and brutality should be stopped immediately as it is no one’s choice to treat them wrong.

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