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Two Paramedics Found Guilty of Negligent Homicide in Killing of Elijah McClain

HeadlineDec 26, 2023

Here in the United States, a Colorado jury has found paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who was walking home from the store when he was tackled by police, placed in a carotid hold and later injected with ketamine. An expert witness testified there was “no reason” for the paramedics to give McClain the powerful sedative; they were also found to have failed to provide medical care to McClain after they drugged him and he lay handcuffed and unconscious on the ground. He suffered a heart attack in the ambulance and died in the hospital three days later. This was the last of three trials over the killing of Elijah McClain, after one officer was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and assault, and two other officers were acquitted.

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