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One Officer Convicted of Homicide, Another Acquitted, in 2019 Killing of Elijah McClain

HeadlineOct 13, 2023

In Colorado, a jury convicted Aurora police officer Randy Roedema of criminally negligent homicide, while acquitting officer Jason Rosenblatt in the 2019 killing of Elijah McClain. Twenty-three-year-old McClain, a Black man, was walking home from the store when he was tackled by police, placed in a carotid hold and later injected with the powerful sedative ketamine. Elijah’s outraged mother, Sheneen McClain, told reporters as she left the courtroom, “This is the divided states of America, and that’s what happens.” Sentencing for Roedema is scheduled for January; he faces up to three years in prison. A third officer and two paramedics have also been charged and are awaiting trial.

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