A black man died after an encounter with police in 2019 after being injected with a powerful sedative after being forced into custody in the US state of Colorado, according to a revised autopsy report released Friday.
Despite the findings, the death of 23-year-old massage therapist Elijah McClain is listed as unconfirmed, not murder, the report shows.
After being stopped by police for being “suspicious” in the Denver suburb of Aurora, McClane was held in the neck and injected with ketamine. he was not armed.
The first autopsy report, written shortly after his death in August 2019, did not explain how he died or what kind of death it was, natural, accidental, or homicidal. did not reach a conclusion as to whether the death of That was the main reason prosecutors decided not to file charges in the first place.
But after the case received renewed attention after the murder of George Floyd in 2020, last year a state grand jury found three police officers guilty of manslaughter and reckless murder in McClane’s death. Two paramedics were indicted.
It became a rallying cry amid a nationwide backlash over racism and police brutality.
The five defendants have not yet filed their petitions, and their attorneys have not publicly commented on the charges.
In an updated report, Dr. Steven Cena said that the dose of ketamine given to McClane was higher than recommended for a person of his size, “too much for this individual and leading to an overdose.” I concluded.
“I think Mr. McClane would most likely be alive without the dose of ketamine,” Sheena said, adding that body camera footage showed McClane “very sedated” within minutes of being given the drug. ” indicates that
Findings in a revised autopsy report, updated in July 2021 but not made public until Friday, reflected opinions contained in a grand jury indictment brought by an unspecified pathologist about two months later. I’m here.
A pathologist concluded that McClane had died from complications from being severely subdued and restrained by law enforcement and emergency responders who had been injected with ketamine. Not obvious.
Sheena’s latest report said there was no evidence that police-inflicted injuries were the cause of his death.
According to the indictment, Peter Sichuniek, who was overseeing the ambulance service, ordered ketamine for the ambulance and Jeremy Cooper injected it into McClane. No immediate response Messages left for Cichniec attorneys David Goddard and Michael Lowe were not immediately returned.
Cina conceded that other reasonable pathologists with different experience and training could have classified such deaths as homicides or accidents while in police custody, but did not consider the appropriate I think the classification is undecided.
Kusair Mohammedhai, an attorney for MacLaine’s mother, Cheneen McClain, declined a request for comment.
An updated autopsy was released Friday under a court order in a lawsuit filed by Colorado Public Radio joined by other media organizations, including The Associated Press. After learning it had been updated, he sued the coroner, arguing that the report should be made public under the state’s public records law.
Coroner Monica Bronxia Jordan said it could not be released because it contained confidential grand jury information and violated a pledge not to share it when it was obtained last year.
But Adams County Judge Kyle Seedorf ordered the coroner to release the latest report by Friday, and Denver Judge Christopher Baumann, who oversees the state’s grand jury proceedings, said the grand jury’s information was redacted. It ruled Thursday that it had not.
McClain’s death has brought renewed scrutiny into the use of ketamine, prompting the Colorado Department of Health to issue new regulations limiting when paramedics can use ketamine.
Last year, the city of Aurora agreed to pay $15 million to settle a lawsuit filed by McClain’s parents.
The lawsuit alleges that the cops used against McClane, and his struggle to get through it, caused the amount of lactic acid in his system to increase dramatically, possibly along with the large doses of ketamine he was given. claimed to have contributed to the death of
An outside investigation commissioned by the city blamed McClane’s arrest because the police investigation failed to seek answers about how officers treated him. There was no evidence to justify the officer’s decision to stop McClane, who had been reported as suspicious because he was wearing a .