Jared Polis announced today that the Elijah McClain death investigation is being re-opened by Attorney General Phil Weiser.
The Governor’s edict was likely forced by Piper Rundell and Dave Young’s Change.org petition, which at the time of posting had received 3,364,390 signatures—and it gives hope that Colorado cops will finally be brought to justice.
What forced the Elijah McClain death investigation to be re-opened?
Rundell, who says she never personally knew the 23-year-old African American man, explains why she felt compelled to seek justice for Elijah, In an update post on the civil advocacy campaign site:
“I didn’t know Elijah personally, but he was part of my community. My mom sometimes got massages at his place of work, and he could have easily been a neighbor or a classmate.
“I want to live in a community where everyone is safe to walk to the store to pick up some ice tea. I want to thank everyone so much for sharing and signing this petition, one day this action won’t be necessary. Continue fighting for Elijah.”
Amen to that sister.
Rundell goes on to explain, “Elijah’s killers are still free and policing the Aurora community. As the investigation gets underway we need to keep up the pressure for these officers to face justice.”
McClain was pronounced dead on August 27th, 2019, and the autopsy ruled that he had died from a “heart attack.” The academic had been rushed to hospital after being “apprehended” by Aurora PD officers following the report of a “suspicious man” walking in the area.
Guilty of ice-tea possession
McClain had actually just been walking back home after buying some ice-tea at a local store—which, last time we checked wasn’t illegal—well, not for us white folks anyway.
The case brings to mind the horrific Treyvon Martin killing by wannabee cop and self-appointed vigilante George Zimmerman, back in 2012.
Treyvon Martin was also a young African American, a 17-year-old student, who was deemed to be a “suspicious man” for walking in the street with some ice-tea, and a packet of Skittles, so he was shot dead.
Zimmerman, who displays many of the characteristics of a sociopath, managed to walk away scot-free from the murder after being found not guilty of manslaughter.
Shocking body cam footage emerges
Although McClain wasn’t shot dead, body cam footage from the arrest would appear to prove his heart-attack wasn’t random or unexpected—as would usually be the case for a healthy and fit 23-year-old with no past history of cardiac-related issues.
“He is laying on the ground vomiting, he is begging, he is saying, ‘I can’t breathe.’ One of the officers says, ‘Don’t move again. If you move again, I’m calling in a dog to bite you,'” Mari Newman, the McClain family’s lawyer, who has watched the footage, states.
Even more sickening, paramedics were called to the scene to “sedate” the already unconscious McClain, shooting him up with Ketamine. The autopsy concluded that they “couldn’t determine whether McClain’s death was an accident, was due to natural causes, or is a homicide related to the police department’s use of a carotid hold”.
The Aurora PD officers involved in the arrest were placed on temporary leave but were soon reinstated with no charges and allowed to continue, business as usual.
Power of the people:
“Elijah’s family has been demanding justice for a year since he passed, and thanks to pressure from around the country, Colorado was finally forced to listen to them,” Piper writes in her update. “It shouldn’t take this kind of pressure to hold law enforcement accountable, but we won’t stop until we get justice for Elijah.”
For people out there who believe that holding bad cops accountable for murdering innocent civilians is “anti-law enforcement”….period….wake the hell up. Of course, the majority of cops are good and have the right intentions, but the system is rotten, there are some really bad ones out there and the decay has to be cut-out now.
If you are so vehemently pro-law enforcement, no matter what, and think it’s “waging a war” against all of the police to hold bad cops accountable for their actions, then let me remind you of the oath of honor officers swear to when they enlist:
“On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character, or the public trust.
“I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions.
“I will always uphold the constitution, my community, and the agency I serve.”
Those are just meaningless, hollow words if you don’t mean, or act upon them.
Meanwhile, to help demand justice for Elijah McClain you can just click on the link below and then press “tweet”…. simple as that.
US police officers are killing six times more blacks than whites—maybe you’re a white person who really doesn’t care about that—and well, that’s on you and your conscience. But, if the public and fellow police officers allow this to keep happening, then inevitably they’re going to eventually start coming for you too.