- “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 all are very strong.
- “Teamwork makes the dream work.
- (*crying*) “Ohh I’m sorry, I wasn’t trying to do that. I just can’t breathe correctly.”
Elijah Jovan McClain a 23 year old Black male was killed by police when walking home from a conveniece store on August 24, 2019, just after 10:30 p.m.
The Aurora police department reported that they’d received a call about a suspicious person in a ski mask. Once officers arrived to the scene, McClain who was unarmed and not committed any crime was arrested and killed. The officers claim McClain resisted arrest, so they tackled him to the ground, put him in a carotid hold, and called first responders who injected him with Ketamine.
He had a heart attack on the way to the hospital and died August 30 after he was taken off life support, upon being declared brain dead and covered in bruises.
McClain’s family accuses law enforcement of excessive force which ultimately led to McClain’s death. The three officers involved (Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt and Randy Roedema) have been acquitted and are not charged with murder.
Although body cam footage of the arrest does exist and was not released to the public until two months later, an officer can be heard admitting McClain had done nothing wrong. Meanwhile, you can hear McClain asking the officers to stop, as he explained to the officers that he was listening to his music on this walk home and went to turn down the volume so that he could hear them. He pleads that “his house is right there”. You can hear him weeping, and vomitting, then apologizing, saying ” I wasn’t trying to do that”. “I just can’t breathe correctly”.
According to McClain’s family, he was on a store run for his big brother to pick up an iced tea. His sister later told a local ABC affiliate, Denver7, that McClain was wearing an open-face ski mask because he “had anemia and would sometimes get cold”. And although he was unarmed, simply walking home and, his sister said, listening to music, police say “a struggle ensued”.
One of the officers accused McClain of reaching for his pistol, upon at which he put him in a carotid hold, which involves an officer applying pressure to the side of a person’s neck in order to temporarily cut off blood flow to the brain.
“Due to the level of physical force applied while restraining the subject and his agitated mental state,” officers then called Aurora First Responders, who “administered life-saving measures,”according to a local NBC affiliate, Paramedics injected McClain with what they said was a “therapeutic” amount of ketamine to sedate him, while officer held him down.
McClain’s autopsy is unclear whether his death had been an accident, or carotid hold related homicide, or the result of natural causes. The coroner points out the hemorrhaging in his neck and abrasions on different parts of his body. Noting that “an idiosyncratic drug reaction cannot be ruled out”.