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Aurora to pay historic $15 million settlement to Elijah McClain’s family

This will be the highest police settlement in the history of Colorado.

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The family of Elijah McClain, a Black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by Colorado police, will receive a $15 million settlement from the City of Aurora, according to ABC News.

The payout, which will be the highest police settlement in the history of the state, will be split between McClain’s mother and father. It comes more than a year after the family filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado accusing several first responders of violating the 23-year-old’s civil rights and causing his death.

As REVOLT previously reported, McClain died on Aug. 27, 2019, just five days after he went into cardiac arrest following a violent confrontation with Aurora police officers.

The young man was detained while walking home from the store after someone reported him as a “suspicious” person, although he was only wearing a ski mask because he was anemic.

The cops grabbed McClain and placed him in a carotid chokehold. Body camera footage captured him pleading with the officers, saying that he was non-violent and couldn’t breathe. Once EMTs arrived, they injected a shot of 500 milligrams of ketamine into McClain, who later suffered a heart attack in the ambulance. He was declared brain dead at the hospital and taken off life support a few days later.

In September, a grand jury indicted the officers and paramedics who were involved in McClain's death. Officers Randy Roedema and Nathan Woodyard and ex-officer Jason Rosenblatt are charged with second-degree assault with intent to cause bodily injury and one count of a crime of violence.

Paramedics Peter Cichuniec and Jeremy Cooper are charged with second-degree assault with intent to cause bodily injury, second-degree assault for recklessly causing serious bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon and second-degree assault for a purpose other than lawful medical or therapeutic treatment. They are expected to enter their pleas during their next court date, which is scheduled for Jan. 7.

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