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Elijah McClain’s autopsy amended to state cause of death was police-administered ketamine overdose


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Elijah McClain’s autopsy amended to state cause of death was police-administered ketamine overdose

Elijah McClain’s autopsy amended to state cause of death was police-administered ketamine overdose

Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old black man, died in August 2019 following a police check. Accused by the police of being out of control, McClain was given a ketamine… 23.09.2022, Sputnik International

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The Adams County Coroner’s Office in Colorado released an amended version of McClain’s autopsy report on Friday, based on new information provided to the office. death as “undetermined”. “Since then, this office has received additional material for review, including numerous body camera images, witness statements and additional recordings,” it adds. “It should be noted that these documents were requested prior to the publication of the initial autopsy report, but the documents were not provided to us or were not provided to us in full. The lack of information as of November 7, 2019 was one of the reasons the cause and manner of death in this case was deemed undetermined. Relevant additional evidence was also generated by the grand jury investigation. “He then describes how McClain had an elevated level of ketamine in his blood and that newly viewed footage showed him to be ‘extremely sedated within minutes,’ including evidence that respiratory arrest was ‘imminent’ He added. that a “carotid hold” had been applied to McClain by the police, but that he could not determine whether this contributed to McClain’s death. However, he noted that McClain was “probably under physiological and emotional stress”, which may result in “several metabolic abnormalities”, the relationship of which to his death cannot be determined. Aurora police arrested McClain on the night of August 24. , 2019, following a 9-1-1 call about an “incomplete” person in the neighborhood. McClain, who was fresh from a convenience store, wore a ski mask for warmth due to a blood circulation disorder and wore headphones, dancing to the music on his walk. When the police approached him, he did not immediately respond because he did not hear them, and officers treated this with suspicion. Later, a struggle with the police ensued, and they subdued him and ordered doctors to give him a ketamine injection to calm him down. It was later determined that they had both greatly exaggerated his hostility and size, leading doctors to give him a larger dose of ketamine than was appropriate. of any foul play, and a subsequent review of their actions in February 2020 found that their use of force was consistent with police training. However, an independent investigation commissioned by the Aurora City Council eviscerated the officers’ actions, concluding that “Aurora police and paramedics made substantial errors at nearly every stage of their interaction with Elijah McClain and detectives. investigating the incident that led to the 23-year-old death extended the truth to exonerate the officers involved.” McClain’s death has become a major focal point for nationwide Black Lives Matter protests from 2020 following the killing of George Floyd, and thousands of protesters demanded that officers be held accountable for McClain. death too. Protesters who led a series of militant marches, including a protest outside an area police station, were later violently arrested and charged with a series of crimes including attempted kidnapping and attempting to influence a public official. Judges dismissed the charges after a nationwide campaign was mounted to exonerate the protesters.

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Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old black man, died in August 2019 following a police check. Accused by police of being out of control, McClain was injected with ketamine against his will, which stopped his heart. He died in hospital after being declared brain dead.

The Adams County Coroner’s Office in Colorado on Friday published a modified version of McClain’s autopsy report, based on new information provided to the office.

The report now lists the cause of death as ‘complications of ketamine administration following forced restraint’ – it previously described McClain’s death as ‘undetermined’.

In an amended opinion at the end of the new version of the report, Coroner Stephen Cina said the original decision was “based on the information available at the time”.

“Since then, this office has received additional documents for review, including numerous body camera images, witness statements and additional recordings,” he adds. “It should be noted that these documents were requested prior to the publication of the initial autopsy report, but the documents were not provided to us or were not provided to us in full. The lack of information as of November 7, 2019 was one of the reasons the cause and manner of death in this case was deemed undetermined. Relevant additional evidence was also generated through the grand jury investigation.

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He goes on to describe how McClain had an elevated level of ketamine in his blood and that newly viewed footage showed he was “extremely sedated within minutes”, including evidence that respiratory arrest was “imminent”.

“Simply put, this dose of ketamine was too high for this individual and it resulted in an overdose, even though his blood ketamine level was at a ‘therapeutic’ blood level,” Cina wrote. “I believe that Mr. McClain would most likely be alive without the administration of ketamine.”

He added that a “carotid grab” was applied to McClain by police, but he could not determine whether this contributed to McClain’s death. However, he noted that McClain was “probably under physiological and emotional stress”, which may result in “several metabolic abnormalities”, the relationship of which to his death cannot be determined.

In summary, Cina said McClain died of “ketamine toxicity,” which is “generally classified as an accident.”

Aurora police arrested McClain on the night of August 24, 2019, following a 9-1-1 call about an “incomplete” person in the neighborhood. McClain, who was fresh from a convenience store, wore a ski mask for warmth due to a blood circulation disorder and wore headphones, dancing to the music on his walk. When the police approached him, he did not immediately respond because he did not hear them, and officers treated this with suspicion. Later, a struggle with the police ensued, and they subdued him and ordered doctors to give him a ketamine injection to calm him down. It was later determined that they had both greatly exaggerated his hostility and size, leading doctors to give him a larger dose of ketamine than was appropriate.

On the way to the hospital, McClain suffered cardiac arrest and died three days later.

An Aurora Police Department investigation then exonerated the three responding officers – Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt and Randy Roedema – of any foul play, and a subsequent review of their actions in February 2020 found that their application of force was consistent with police training. However, a commissioned independent investigation by the Aurora City Council eviscerated the officers’ actions, finding that “Aurora police and paramedics made substantial errors at nearly every stage of their interaction with Elijah McClain and the detectives investigating incident that led to the 23-year-old’s death stretched the truth to exonerate the officers involved.”
The three officers, along with two medics, Fire Department Paramedic Jeremy Cooper and Lt. Peter Cichuniec, were later charged with a total of 32 countsincluding manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, just over two years after McClain’s death.
McClain’s death became a major focal point for the 2020 nationwide Black Lives Matter protests that followed the killing of George Floyd, and thousands of protesters demanded that officers be held accountable for McClain’s death as well. Protesters who led a series of militant marches, including a demonstration outside a police station in the area, were later violently arrested and accused of a series of crimes, including attempted kidnapping and attempting to influence a public official. Judges dismissed the charges after a national campaign was organized to exonerate the protesters.



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