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Second Officer Acquitted of Homicide Charges over 2019 Killing of Elijah McClain

HeadlineNov 07, 2023

In Colorado, another police officer has been acquitted in the 2019 killing of Elijah McClain. McClain’s mother, Sheneen McClain, wept as the jury declared Aurora officer Nathan Woodyard not guilty of homicide and manslaughter. McClain, a 23-year-old Black young man, was walking home from the store when he was tackled by police, placed in a carotid hold and injected with the powerful sedative ketamine. Woodyard was the officer who put McClain in a neck hold. Just one of the three officers involved in McClain’s killing is facing prison time after being convicted of criminally negligent homicide in October. A second officer was also acquitted last month.

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