Lest We Forget

Elijah McClain1996-2019

Elijah Jovan McClain was a 23-year-old African-American massage therapist from Aurora, Colorado. While walking home he was was stopped by police on 24 August 2019 by three policemen who responded to a 9-1-1 call reporting a person with a ski mask on acting funny. Although the caller did mention that the person seems to be unarmed and that nobody seems to be in danger three policemen forced him to the ground and put him in a chokehold. Paramedics also injected a sedative into Elijah's body.

While being transported to the hospital Elijah suffered a cardiac arrest. He died a week later on 30 August 2019.

The Aurora Police Departement announced no charges to the three police officers. The District Attorney did not find evidence that we officers used unjustified force. Placing an arm around the neck of an innocent, unarmed Black man and thus applying pressure to restrict the flow of blood to the brain via the carotid arteries, which put Elijah into cardiac arrest twice, was justified, according to the law.