Three cops, two paramedics charged in Elijah McClain’s 2019 death

Three cops, two paramedics charged in Elijah McClain’s 2019 death


Three Colorado cops and two paramedics have been charged in the 2019 death of 23-year-old black man Elijah McClain after he was put in a chokehold and injected with ketamine.

Aurora Police officers Randy Roedema, Nathan Woodyard and Jason Rosenblatt and fire department paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

Roedema and Rosenblatt also each were charged with second-degree assault with intent to cause bodily injury and one count of a crime of violence related to the assault charge. Cooper and Cichuniec also each face three counts of second-degree assault.

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McClain, who worked as a massage therapist, was stopped by police and put in a chokehold while walking home from a convenience store on Aug. 24, 2019 after someone reported him as being suspicious.

Elijah McClain’s mother Sheneen McClain at her attorney’s office on March 3, 2021.AP Photo/David Zalubowski

The 911 caller reported

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