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Elijah McClain, 23
Aurora, Colorado
August 28, 2019

Agencies: Aurora Police Department Colorado | Colorado Bureau of Investigation CBI | Denver Police Department Colorado

Last updated: 7 months ago

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“This was a case of police brutality of someone so sweet,” said the man’s younger sister, Samara McClain. “He doesn’t deserve this. He shouldn’t be in a hospital.”

The incident unfolded just after 10:30 p.m. on August 24 when police said they received a call about a “suspicious person” wearing a ski mask and waving his arms as he walked down the street. McClain’s sister said he was headed to the corner store for some tea and often wore ski masks because he suffers from anemia and gets cold easily. 

According to police, McClain refused to stop walking and grew violent and combative when they tried taking him into custody.

Police subsequently called paramedics and Aurora Fire Rescue due to the “level of physical force applied while restraining the subject and his agitated mental state,” a department news release stated. McClain was then given a “standard medication” to help him calm down.

The Aurora man would suffer cardiac arrest during the ambulance ride to the hospital.

Aurora police spokesman Anthony Camacho has remained mum about the extent of McClain’s injuries, as well as the medication that was provided to him. He said three officers are on paid leave as both the Denver and Aurora police departments, as well as the district attorney’s office, investigate.