I have my ID right here. Leona Ford is a freelance copywriter, originally from Toronto and now living in London with her Brit husband, Sri Lankan street dog, and Siberian cat. "All I was trying to do was become better. Sherry, Allison. An acquaintance said, "I don't even think he would set a mouse trap if there was a rodent problem."[10]. "[23], On June 10, three members of the city public safety policy committee sent City Manager Jim Twombly a letter asking for a new "neutral, third-party" look at McClain's death. I have my ID right here.     Colorado Public Radio. I’m a mood Gemini. 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News Corp is a network of leading companies in the worlds of diversified media, news, education, and information services. He was put in a chokehold by authorities and suffered a heart attack as a result of the encounter last year. Aurora Fire Rescue later injected him with ketamine in an attempt to sedate him, police said. [23], On June 6, an online petition which called for a reopening of the investigation into the death of McClain and a request that the officers involved be removed from duty had been signed by more than 820,000 people. I … I am Black. But it’s not just how Elijah died that makes his story powerful—it’s how he lived. McClain’s case did not receive the same national attention as other similar incidents, but it was thrust back into the spotlight after George Floyd’s death in May 2020, when protests against racial injustice and police violence spread across the United States. The attorney representing McClain's family accused the officers of purposely taking off their body cameras to support a false allegation that McClain reached for a gun, though this claim was never supported by any evidence during the subsequent investigation. To know they heard him but didn’t listen. Wouldn’t that be the best legacy Elijah could leave? All I was trying to do was become better. I have my ID right here. I’m sorry. They were said to have used "carotid pressure hold," to restrain McClain, a controversial method "designed to immobilize a suspect by blocking the neck artery and, by extension, the flow of blood to the brain," according to NBC News. Of 253 Republicans in the U.S. House and Senate, only 17 had acknowledged Joe Biden as president-elect two weeks after he was declared the winner. He was definitely a light in a whole lot of darkness". I just can't breathe correctly. Colorado Music related Elijah to a “quirky, a pacifist, a vegetarian, enjoyed running, and known to put a smile on everyone’s face,” according to UpWorthy. McClain was walking home from a local convenience store on August 23, 2019, after picking up some iced tea. To even think about doing such a thing is beyond comprehension and it is reprehensible." His pleading with police that he was doing nothing wrong, his … At that time the police announced that the protest was now an "illegal gathering", and ordered people to leave the park or they would use pepper spray to disperse them. “Based on the investigation presented and the applicable Colorado law, there is no reasonable likelihood of success of proving any state crimes beyond a reasonable doubt at trial,” District Attorney Dave Young said in his letter to Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz. This one has been chaos. Jared Polis signed an executive order directing the state’s attorney general to reopen the investigation into McClain’s death. Despite Governor Polis's vow to reopen the investigation, McClain's mother isn't convinced. A year ago today, on Nov. 22, 2019, the Aurora police department announced no charges would be pressed against the three police officers in McClain’s case.

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