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POLICE KILLING OF 23-YEAR-OLD VEGETARIAN ELIJAH MCCLAIN GOES NATIONAL: BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTESTS

: activists are renewing a call for justice for Elijah McClain, an unarmed Black man killed by police last year in Aurora, CO. On August 24, 2019, McClain—a vegetarian who had anemia and often wore a ski mask for warmth—was returning home from a convenience store, listening to music and, according to friends, likely dancing along. A caller alerted the police that McClain looked “sketchy” because he was walking and flailing his arms. A group of police officers responded by restraining McClain, who was not being ascertained for any crime and did not carry a weapon, and pushed him against a wall before applying a carotid chokehold (which was legal in Aurora at the time). The police officers, who claim that the man was reaching for one of their guns, held McClain down on the ground for 15 minutes before calling paramedics to administer the sedative ketamine. Shortly thereafter, McClain became unresponsive and went into cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital where he was declared brain dead and taken off of life support on August 30, 2019.


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