The family of Elijah McClain — the unarmed Black man killed in Colorado 2 years ago during a run-in with cops — feel they just got a measure of justice, because those involved in his death have just been indicted.
Colorado AG, Phil Weiser, announced the 32-charge indictment Wednesday against 5 people tied to McClain’s 2019 detainment and subsequent medical transport — slapping 3 Aurora PD cops (2 current, 1 former) and two Aurora Fire medics with two counts each … manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.
Two of those officers — Randy Roedema and Jason Rosenblatt — face additional charges … 2nd-degree assault with the intent to cause bodily injury. The indictment comes after Weiser was tapped as a special prosecutor to investigate … this following massive public outrage.
Weiser says he handed over his findings to a grand jury this past January — and now, some 8 months later, it seems they’ve found sufficient evidence to bring these folks to trial.
You might recall … McClain was walking home on August 24, 2019 when he was stopped by the three officers mentioned, who apparently accosted him because he seemed “suspicious” — which one of the cops can be heard saying in since-released body cam footage.
Before long, things escalated … and the cops had McClain in a carotid hold, among others for quite a while. He passed out during the struggle — and the medics are alleged to have administered a lethal dose of ketamine, which prosecutors believe kill him.
The incident occurred well before George Floyd’s case gripped the nation last year — but was among the many high profile stories that led to mass protests for Black Lives Matter.
Elijah’s father, LaWayne Mosley, is said to have wept tears of joy upon hearing the news during a call with Weiser, saying … “Nothing will bring back my son, but I am thankful that his killers will finally be held accountable.”