U.S. Grand Jury Indicts Police Officer, Paramedics Over 2019 Killing of Elijah McClain

A United States grand jury indicted two police officers, one former officer, and two paramedics in the 2019 killing of Elijah McClain, a Black man placed in a chokehold and given a powerful sedative.

A grand jury in Colorado indicted Aurora Police officers Randy Roedema and Nathan Woodyard, former officer Jason Rosenblatt, and Aurora Fire Rescue paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, as well as other charges in the 32-count indictment, State Attorney General Phil Weiser announced on Sept. 1.

According to Aurora City Manager Jim Twombly, officers and firefighters indicted on felony charges are immediately and indefinitely suspended without pay as per city rules.

The indictment came just over two years since the death of McClain, who was 23 at the time when police stopped him while he was walking home from a store.

Weiser opened the grand jury investigation into the case in last January after Governor Jared Polis announced a re-examination last year, following the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement sparked by the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

In a statement, the Aurora Police Association insisted that the officers “did nothing wrong.”

“The hysterical overreaction to this case has severely damaged the police department,” the association further said.


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