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.
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