November 8, 2023

Colorado Police Officer Acquitted in Death of Elijah McClain

A second officer has been acquitted in the death of Elijah McClain.

Former Aurora, Colorado, officer Nathan Woodyard was found not guilty.

He now joins former officer Jason Rosenblatt as having been acquitted in the death.

McClain’s Death

Officers were called to the area after a call came in that a young black man was acting “sketchy.”

Bodycam footage had McClain telling officers that he was an introvert and had been listening to music when he was stopped.

McClain can be heard saying, “I am an introvert. Please respect the boundaries that I am speaking. I'm going home. … Leave me alone.

“You guys started to arrest me, and I was stopping my music to listen.”

As the officers approached McClain, he was placed in a chokehold, at which point McClain told the officers that he could not breathe. Paramedics later injected McClain with ketamine, and he never regained consciousness.

Initially, the cause of death was listed as “undetermined.” That was later changed to complications from the administration of ketamine following forcible restraint. The officers and paramedics were then charged in the case.

Woodyard’s defense was that he feared for his life because McClain had been reaching for another officer’s gun.

So far, the only officer who has been found guilty was Aurora police officer Randy Roedema.

The two paramedics who injected McClain with the drug have also been charged, and their trials begin later in November.

I have just "food for thought" to put in here regarding this case and these outcomes.

When Trump was in office, cases like this resulted in massive riots around the country. This is one of several cases where officers were acquitted in the death of a minority in police custody during Biden's tenure in office where BLM and other activist groups have sat on their hands.

So, I just ask, do you believe riots that resulted after George Floyd and others died were politically motivated or do you still think they were actually in support of George Floyd?

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