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Elijah McClain’s Death: Police Officers Involved Taken Off The Streets Due To Threats

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By Ryan Naumann

The three police officers involved in the death of Elijah McClain have been taken off the streets for their own safety.

CNN reports, Aurora officers Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt, and Randy Roedema have all been “reassigned” from their normal duties. The three will continue to be paid their salary while doing paperwork. The officers reportedly received threats despite no evidence being offered to back up the claim.

None of the men have faced any criminal charges for their role in Elijah McClain’s death. The outrage over the situation is growing and people are demanding the officers be held responsible.

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On August 24, 2019, 23-year-old Elijah Jovan McClain walked to the store to buy some ice tea. He was wearing a ski mask because he was anemic and would sometimes get cold.

On his way home, Elijah was approached by Aurora Police Department officers who claim to have received a 911 call reporting a “suspicious person” wearing a ski mask. The caller told the operator he did not feel like anyone was in danger.

Elijah was not armed, nor did he commit any crime. Footage released from the scene shows Elijah pleading with officers to listen to him. He said, “I can’t breathe. I have my ID right here. My name is Elijah McClain. That’s my house. I was just going home. I’m an introvert. I’m just different. That’s all. I’m so sorry. I have no gun. I don’t do that stuff. I don’t do any fighting. Why are you attacking me? I don’t even kill flies! I don’t eat meat! But I don’t judge people, I don’t judge people who do eat meat. Forgive me. All I was trying to do was become better. I will do it. I will do anything. Sacrifice my identity, I’ll do it. You all are phenomenal. You are beautiful and I love you. Try to forgive me. I’m a mood Gemini. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. Ow, that really hurt. You are all very strong. Teamwork makes the dream work. Oh, I’m sorry I wasn’t trying to do that. I just can’t breathe correctly.”

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Three officers, Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt, and Randy Roedema, claim Elijah resisted arrest and proceeded to tackle him to the ground. Elijah was 5’6 and weighed only 140 pounds. The officers claim their body cams fell off as part of a struggle.

The officers forcible held Elijah to the ground while paramedics shot Elijah with Ketamine to sedate him. On the way to the hospital, he suffered a cardiac arrest. He died seven days later in the hospital. The autopsy was inclusive on the cause of death.

The District Attorney, Dave Young, did not bring charges against any of the officers. He claims he did not have enough to arrest anyone involved. He continues to defend his decision to this day.

Once the public started becoming aware of the facts of the case demands for justice has started to grow. As a result, Colorado Governor Jared Polis has announced the case is being reopened to determine if the officers should face criminal charges.

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