Police officers in Aurora, Colorado had no reasonable basis to stop and frisk Elijah McClain, or put him in a chokehold, according to an independent investigation into the unarmed black man’s fatal 2019 arrest released on Monday.
The probe by a panel of outside legal and medical experts was commissioned by the Aurora City Council as the 23-year-old’s death drew new attention last spring during the nationwide protests against racism and police brutality.
The 153-page report resulting from the probe blasted the police department’s handling of an earlier investigation into the deadly encounter and criticized the decision by paramedics to inject McClain with the sedative ketamine.
McClain was stopped by police as he was walking home from a convenience store on Aug. 24, 2019 after someone reported him as suspicious.
But “none of the officers articulated a crime that they thought Mr. McClain had committed, was committing or was about to commit,” the report found.
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