Last August, police officers in Aurora, Colorado, approached 23-year-old Elijah McClain as he walked home from a convenience store. The Aurora Police Department later said that a 911 caller had reported a “suspicious person” in a ski mask, and that when officers confronted McClain — who was not armed and had not committed any kind of crime — he “resisted arrest.” In the 15 minutes that followed, the officers tackled McClain to the ground, put him in a carotid hold, and called first responders, who injected him with ketamine. He had a heart attack on the way to the hospital, and died days later…
McClain worked as a massage therapist, and taught himself to play both the guitar and the violin. According to the Sentinel, he often spent his lunch breaks at local animal shelters, putting on concerts for cats and dogs because he believed music would help soothe their anxiety.
…“He was the sweetest, purest person I have ever met,” another of his friends and former clients, Marna Arnett, added.
His last words.
Today, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed an Executive Order designating Attorney General Phil Weiser to investigate and, if the facts support prosecution, criminally prosecute any individuals whose actions caused the death of Elijah McClain.
Calls to action – Justice for Elijah McClain:
Call CO Governor Jared Polis (303) 866 2471
Call Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman (303) 739 7015
Call District Attorney Dave Young (720) 887 2199
Call District Chief Judge Emily E. Anderson (303) 654 3550
Call Deputy City Attorney Nancy Rodgers (303) 739 6014
Call Aurora City Attorney Daniel L. Brotzman (303) 870 9078 Call Fire Chief Fernando Gray (303) 326 8999
Call Council Member Crystal Murillo 303.739.7502
Call Council Member Nicole Johnston 303.739.7506
Call Council Member Marsha Berzins 303.739.7508
Call Council Member Alison Coombs 720.505.3332
Call/Text Council Member Juan Marcano 720.634.6927
Call Council Member Françoise Bergan 720.465.1830
Call Council Member Curtis Gardner 720.505.4312
Call Council Member Dave Gruber 303.739.7514
Call Council Member Allison Hiltz 720.767.2685
Call/Text Council Member Angela Lawson 720.244.6932
Aurora Council Member phone numbers via www.auroragov.org
When You Call: I am calling on behalf of Elijah McClain. We demand that D.A., Dave Young, re-open the case as the officers involved displayed tampering with evidence when footage heard, “Dude, move your camera,” as well as the dislodging of the officers’ cameras. We demand that Officers Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt, Randy Roedema, Matthew Green, and Sgt Dale Leonard as well as Lt. Peter Chichuniec and Medic Jeremy Cooper of Aurora Fire Rescue are fired immediately and charged for killing Elijah McClain. We demand a public apology and admission of guilt, specifically on behalf of Dave Young, who found that the officers did not violate any criminal laws. Elijah McClain was a 23 year old man with limitless potential. Our world lost an incredible person and we demand justice. Take accountability.