Grand jury charges Aurora police officers, paramedics in 2019 death of Elijah McClain

32 count indictment includes one count of manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide for five involved.
Colorado AG Phil Weiser announced a grand jury returned a 32 count indictment against Aurora officers & paramedics in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain.
Published: Sep. 1, 2021 at 9:53 AM MDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2021 at 9:25 PM MDT
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado’s Attorney General Phil Weiser held a press conference Wednesday and announced the three Aurora police officers and two fire paramedics involved in the death of Elijah McClain will be facing charges. A grand jury on Thursday returned a 32-count indictment. Five defendants will each face one count of manslaughter and one count of criminally negligent homicide.

The Attorney General says those involved will be facing other charges including a variety of second-degree assault charges.

The press conference was scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday in Denver. Watch the full press conference at the top of this article.

In January, Weiser announced that he had opened a grand jury investigation in the case. The Attorney General also says the investigation is going to be unsealed.

On Aug. 24, 2019, Aurora Police say the received a “suspicious person” call at about 10:30 at night.

“The caller reported an adult male was walking on Billings Street near East Colfax Avenue, wearing a ski mask and waving his arms at the caller,” officials with the Aurora Police Department explain in an online blog about the incident.

Officers made contact with McClain and a struggle ensued. Aurora Fire Rescue (AFR) was then called to the scene.

“According to AFR, consistent with their accepted protocol, a standard medication routinely utilized to reduce agitation was administered and reduced the exhibited anxiety,” the online blog reads. “Several minutes later during the transport to the hospital the patient suffered a cardiac arrest and lifesaving measures were initiated. He regained a pulse and is currently being treated at a local hospital.”

McClain died days after the incident.

All five people indicted turned themselves in Wednesday night:

All five people who have been indicted by a grand jury in connection with Elijah McClain's death turned themselves in...

Posted by KKTV 11 News on Wednesday, September 1, 2021

The Attorney General reportedly contacted the family of Elijah McClain on Tuesday to tell them the news before Wednesday’s press conference. During that call, the Attorney general said Elijah’s father, LaWayne Mosley, wept tears of joy. The McClain family lawyer sent 11 News the following statements regarding the indictment:

Several officials with the City of Aurora released statements on Wednesday:

11 News digital anchor Jon Wiener breaks down the grand jury findings announced Wednesday by attorney general Phil Weiser.

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