On August 24th, around 10:30 p.m. In 2019, McClain walked home from a supermarket at a Shell gas station just blocks from where he lived. He had gone out to buy an iced tea. McClain was anemic and, as his family explains, wore a ski mask to keep warm. Feeling cold is a common symptom of anemia. Someone called 911 to report a guy who seemed "sketchy". The emergency caller informed the dispatcher that this person was not threatening, had no weapons and was not doing anything remotely illegal.
When McClain went home, he was confronted by the police. They told the 5 & # 39; 7 & # 39; & # 39; 140-pound Mclain, quit. He said they did not have the right to stop him – they did not – and the police began to arrest him. In body camera footage, McClain says: "Let me go. I am an introvert. Please respect my boundaries as I speak. "Body camera footage shows McClain is not doing any of the violent resistance fighters he claims to be. He apologizes and is incredibly determined to point out that what is happening does not have to happen to him.
At the time, District Attorney Dave Young of Aurora, Colorado, told ABC News that he was sticking to his original decision not to indict anyone in connection with McClain's death, saying, "Change the facts and the law of a particular investigation." At that time, DA Young was crouching behind one Trope, who was apparently only used by prosecutors to defend law enforcement actions which, with the "burden of proof" on him, he was unable to successfully pursue. Officers Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt and Randy Roedema were all reinstated with the force.
The protests continued to call for an independent investigation and were fueled by a new wave of activism fueled by the tragic murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The police investigation into themselves had predictably been a sham of self-deception and public deception. The police, who enjoyed a long history of immunity from abuse of power, couldn't help but shoot themselves in the foot by continuing to disrespect the dead Elijah McClain at a memorial to him.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis announced that Attorney General Weiser would conduct a new investigation into the matter. Today's announcement comes after many months and many tears and a family that has forever lost a child. Weiser said some of the delays in his investigation were due to the pandemic. While the indictments were being reached last week, Weiser said he needed to speak to the McClain family beforehand to explain the findings. “Our goal is to seek justice for Elijah McClain, for his family and friends, and for our state. In doing so, we promote the rule of law and the commitment that everyone is accountable and equal under the law. We want you to understand that we are limited in what we can say and we will have our conversation in court. "
Sheneen McClain, Elijah's mother, told Colorado Public Radio, “I hope you get life in prison. To be honest, Elijah lost his life. You know, he didn't grow up a gang member robbing banks. He has not become a problem for anyone. He lived his life as peacefully as possible. "