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Aurora to pay $15 million to Elijah McClain’s family in likely largest settlement in Colorado history

Aurora will pay $15 million to settle a federal civil rights lawsuit over the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain, a Black man who died after he was dosed with ketamine during an encounter with Aurora police and paramedics in 2019. The settlement amount is likely the largest in Colorado history and among the highest in […]

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The city of Aurora has reached a settlement with Elijah McClain’s family

The city of Aurora has reached a settlement agreement in the federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Elijah McClain’s family, more than two years after the 23-year-old died after Aurora police officers confronted him and paramedics sedated him with ketamine while he was walking home from a convenience store.  Attorneys representing Sheneen McClain, Elijah’s mother, […]

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6 ways Colorado’s laws have recently changed to prevent another death like Elijah McClain’s

Elijah McClain’s death two years ago inspired a wave of new laws from the Colorado legislature and Gov. Jared Polis aimed at preventing something similar from ever happening again.  From new rules on how and when the powerful sedative ketamine can be administered in situations involving law enforcement to a ban on neck holds, Colorado […]

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Grand jury returns 32-count indictment against Aurora officers, paramedics in Elijah McClain’s death

Colorado’s statewide grand jury has returned a 32-count indictment against the Aurora police officers and paramedics who stopped 23-year-old Elijah McClain two years ago in an encounter that preceded his death, Attorney General Phil Weiser announced Wednesday. Five people — three police officers and two paramedics — each were charged-with one count of manslaughter and […]

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“I’ll fight for the rest of my life”: Elijah McClain’s mother reflects on two years since his death

By Allison Sherry, CPR News After years of homelessness and scraping by for six children, Sheneen McClain’s life has condensed down to an almost singular mission: defending her late son’s name while quietly fighting to reform the police. It’s been two years since McClain’s son, Elijah, went out for iced tea on Aug. 24, 2019, […]

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Elijah McClain’s mom says his death sparked push for change

By Colleen Slevin, The Associated Press Sheneen McClain is not always hopeful but thinks it’s possible the death of her son Elijah McClain could create change. Officers in suburban Denver stopped the 23-year-old Black massage therapist in 2019 as he walked home from the store after getting a 911 call that he looked suspicious. They […]