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Trial Opens for Colorado Officers Whose Violent Arrest of Elijah McClain Led to His Death

HeadlineSep 21, 2023

In Colorado, a court heard opening statements Wednesday in the trial of two Aurora police officers who attacked and violently arrested Elijah McClain in 2019, leading to his death. McClain, a 23-year-old 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. He died several days later. A prosecutor told jurors yesterday, “He was just walking home.” His last words to officers Randy Roedema and Jason Rosenblatt were “I’m an introvert. I’m just different. That’s all. I’m so sorry.” Both men have pleaded not guilty to all charges, including “criminally negligent homicide.”

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