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.
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.