Last year, 23-year-old Elijah was stopped by Aurora Police officers while he was walking home from the store. He was tackled by officers Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt, and Randy Roedema and forcibly held to the ground. He pleaded for them to let him go saying he had done nothing wrong. Elijah was unarmed and had not committed any crime. The officers kept him down until paramedics injected him 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. DA Dave Young did not bring charges claiming there was not enough evidence. He continues to defend his decision despite the case being reopened by Colorado Governor Jared Polis. Elijah’s death did not receive a massive amount of media attention until the recent protests shined a light on the case.
The petition states, “Elijah McClain was killed last summer by the Aurora Police and Fire department first responders. Rather than opening a case against those officers, DA Dave Young decided to do nothing and open no further investigations into the death of a 23-year-old young man.”