The results of an independent investigation released on Monday showed that the Colorado police and medical staff who prevented Elijah McClain made a series of critical mistakes, which ultimately ended in the death of the young man in 2019.
The Aurora police had no reason to stop or use force to detain McLean. According to the medical and legal team, the responding medical staff sedated him with ketamine, but did not perform any visual observation on the 23-year-old black. The report is completed by experts appointed by the city council.
McLean was answered by a police officer in Aurora on August 24, 201
The report found that McLean’s initial stay was problematic because “no officials have clearly stated that they believe Mr. McLean has committed, is committing or will commit a crime.”
According to the survey results, “this decision has had an impact on the rest of the encounter.”
The authorities said that a choke was used during the confrontation and he was injected with ketamine. The authorities believed that he was in a state of excitatory irritation and was a threat to the officers.
The report said: “According to the records obtained by the expert panel, we were unable to find sufficient evidence that Mr. McLean was armed and dangerous in order to defend the pat search.” “The panel also noted that an officer was trained on the Aurora officer The interpretation of’take action before it escalates’ does not meet the constitutional requirements (stop or flick) of reasonable suspected behavior.
The findings of the expert panel showed that McLean, who is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 140 pounds, took ketamine, which is suitable for a man weighing 190 pounds.
The report said: “Aurora seems to have accepted the officer’s impression of Mr. McLean’s excited delusion, but has not confirmed this impression through meaningful observations or diagnostic tests of Mr. McLean.”
“In addition, EMS administered the ketamine dose based on a severely inaccurate and exaggerated estimate of Mr. McLean’s body shape. Higher doses may bring a higher risk of sedation complications, which is obviously unprepared.”
McLean lost consciousness and was deprived of life support on August 30.
Given that George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis, the death of this young man attracted national attention throughout the summer. Thousands of Americans took to the streets to protest police brutality. Acts and systemic racism.
However, Monday’s report did not accuse McLean of “implicit bias” in his death.
An expert commissioned by the city said: “In reviewing this single incident, the expert team did not have enough information to determine the prejudice, if any, that was created in the encounter between Aurora police officer and EMS personnel and McLean.”
“However, research shows that factors such as increased perception of threats, perception of extraordinary powers, perception of greater pain tolerance, and misunderstandings of age and size may indicate bias.”
However, throughout the summer, Colorado became the first state to end the so-called “qualified exemption”, a legal principle that usually exempts police and other government employees from personal liability in civil courts.
Earlier, Aurora’s fire and emergency medical service officials had stated that a preliminary review found that medical staff’s actions against the detained McClain night police “complied with and complied with our established procedures.”
On Monday, a spokesperson for the Aurora Police Department declined to comment, but could not immediately contact a fire department representative.
The union representatives of the police and fire department employees also did not immediately comment.
The Aurora City Council is scheduled to meet at 5 pm MST to discuss the results. Aurora City Manager Jim Twombly (Jim Twombly) said that city officials were still finishing the report on Monday.
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