According to an independent investigation into the fatal 2019 arrest of unarmed black man released on Monday, police officers in Aurora in Colorado had no reasonable grounds to stop and intimidate Eliza McLain, or place her in a chokehold.
The investigation was commissioned by the Aurora city council by a panel of external legal and medical experts as the 23-year-old’s death gained renewed attention last spring amid nationwide protests against racism and police brutality.
153-page report The investigation resulted in an explosion by the police department to deal with an earlier investigation into the fatal encounter and the decision was criticized by paramedics for injecting Madclane with sedative ketamine.
McClane was stopped by police as he was walking home from a convenience store on August 24, 2019, when someone reported him to be a suspect.
The report found that none of the offenses Mr. McClain had committed had been committed or intended to be committed.
Investigators wrote that this could be a normal encounter with Mr. McClain without investigation.
“This decision had implications for the rest of the year.”
Officers used a necklace on McClain to prevent a flood of blood to the brain, causing him to temporarily faint.
The report said paramedics injected 500 mg of ketamine “without any brief visual observation and without doing anything.”
Investigators wrote, “At the time of the injection, Mr. McLain did not raise or sound for about a minute.”
“In addition, EMS gave a ketamine dose based on a highly inaccurate and bloated estimate of Mr. McClean’s size.”
McClain went into cardiac arrest during the encounter and died a few days later in a hospital.
The fresh investigation surrounding his death provoked several investigations, including an investigation into possible criminal charges by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office.
Investigations by city departments previously determined police and paramedics had not violated the policy and a local district attorney refused to bring charges.
But the report released on Monday found that Aurora police “failed to ask basic, important questions” about the incident that helped prosecutors determine whether the use of force was appropriate.
Police investigators, according to the report, asked questions that were specifically designed to “convince the authorities rather than presenting a neutral version of the facts”.
Investigators recommended several changes to policies about how police and paramedics are trained and urged the city to consider overhauling how it reviews incidents.
McClain’s family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city last year and police and emergency responders involved in the young man’s death.
Family lawyer Mari Newman said in Monday’s report, “confirms what we know all along: Aurora police and medics had violated the civil rights of Elijah McClain, and Aurora swept his murder under the rug Did everything in the power to do. “
With post wires