23-year-old Elijah McClain of Aurora, Colorado was taken off life support Friday after a violent arrest that left him
The three officers involved in the arrest remain on paid administrative leave pending an investigation into the incident that le
On Friday, Aurora police spokesman Anthony Camacho said he was unable to confirm the extent of McClain’s Injuries. He said the incident is currently being investigated by Denver and Aurora police as well as the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Elijah’s encounter with the police happened on Aug. 24. Local police were responding to a call of a “suspicious person” wearing a ski mask and waving his arms.
According to McClain’s sister, Samara McClain, he frequently wore masks when he was outside because he had anemia and got cold easily. She also stated that her brother had gone to the store that night to get some tea for a cousin.
“The next thing you know he was in the hospital,” Samara McClain said.
Police said that McClain refused to stop walking when they asked him to and he fought back when they tried to take him into custody.
According to police statements, officers called for an ambulance and Aurora Fire Rescue due to the “level of physical force applied while restraining the subject and his agitated mental state”.
Paramedics gave McClain a “standard medication routinely utilized to reduce agitation,” according to the police. Police have declined to say what that medication was.
McClain suffered cardiac arrest during the ambulance ride to a local hospital.
Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz stated that there was no evidence that McClain had committed any crime. He also stated that the agency will release the body camera footage of the incident after the prosecutors complete their review of the case.
Samara McClain said her brother worked as a massage therapist and was planning to go to college soon and earn a degree.“He was a really good person,” his sister said. “He didn’t argue with anybody. If you tried to argue with him he would just say ‘I love you’ and walk away.”