A Colorado grand jury issued criminal charges against three police officers and two paramedics for the death of Elijah McClain. McClain was a young Black man who was put in a chokehold while walking home from a convenience store in 2019 by police in Aurora, Colorado, reported the New York Times.
Background: While restrained in a chokehold, the 23-year-old McClain, a musician and massage therapist, pleaded with police that he could not breathe, at which point the officers injected him with ketamine, a powerful anesthetic used, among other reasons, to sedate agitated patients.
McClain was unarmed and had not been suspected of committing any crime.
Aurora police officers said they were responding to a 911 call about a suspicious person.
The Grand Jury announcement, which included a 32-count indictment, was made on Wednesday by Attorney General Phil Weiser. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis had appointed Weiser …