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FBI, Justice Department Probing Death of Black Man in Encounter with Colorado Police

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Governor Jared Polis final week appointed a particular prosecutor to evaluate the case, and an inside affairs investigation has been launched into three officers who took pictures of themselves on the scene.

  • Reuters DENVER
  • Last Updated: July 1, 2020, 9:44 AM IST

Federal regulation enforcement authorities mentioned on Tuesday a civil rights investigation is underway into the demise in 2019 of an unarmed Black man in Colorado after police utilized a chokehold to him and he was sedated by paramedics.

The federal probe was launched final 12 months into the demise of Elijah McClain, 23, who went into cardiac arrest and died days after the encounter within the Denver suburb of Aurora, in response to a joint assertion from the Justice Department’s civil rights division, the FBI and the US Attorney for Colorado.

The businesses mentioned releasing the existence of an ongoing investigation is completed solely when it’s in “one of the best curiosity of the general public and public security.”

“Recent attention on the death of Elijah McClain warrants such disclosure,” the businesses mentioned.

Aurora police did instantly reply to requests for remark.

McClain was approached by three officers from the Aurora, Colorado police division on Aug. 24, 2019 on a report of a suspicious man strolling alongside a road within the suburb.

Police subdued him, regardless that he was not suspected of committing against the law, and utilized a carotid neck maintain to him as McClain mentioned repeatedly that he couldn’t breathe, in response to audio recordings launched by police.

Paramedics then injected him with ketamine. McClain lapsed right into a coma and died days later.

An area district legal professional declined to file costs towards police or the paramedics, citing an inconclusive post-mortem.

Governor Jared Polis final week appointed a particular prosecutor to evaluate the case, and an inside affairs investigation has been launched into three officers who took pictures of themselves on the scene.

An legal professional for the McClain household, Mari Newman, mentioned a civil rights investigation “was long overdue.”


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