One of the white police officers on trial for the death of Elijah McClain, black youth who was strangled and it happened to him ketamine injection during his arrest, he was acquitted yesterday Monday by a court in the state of Colorado. A jury acquitted Nathan Woodyard, a police officer in the western city of Aurora. USAaccused of manslaughter in the 2019 case.
The police officer is accused of choking Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old black man whose death, despite passing under the radar of the American media, attracted much more attention after the murder of George Floyd, of another African-American, in 2020, as reported by APE-MPE. In early October, another police officer involved in the death of Elijah McClain was found guilty of manslaughter and is expected to be sentenced in January.
The youngster died of a myocardial infarction three days after his arrest, during which he was ketamine injection – a strong sedative – from the casualty carriers. On the day of the incident, police were called by a person who described a “suspicious” black man wearing a ski mask and “acting strangely” on a street in Aurora. A policeman said that Elijah McClain, who he was not armed, tried to grab his gun during the arrest. According to the victim’s family, the young man had simply gone out to buy refreshments and often wore a ski mask to keep from catching a cold, as he suffered from anaemia.
The two paramedics involved in the case will be tried separately in the coming weeks, according to CNN. The case was initially dropped without further investigation, but Colorado Governor Jared Polis requested that investigations be reopened in June 2020 after meeting with the family of the deceased. A petition to reopen Elijah McClain’s case had gathered more than three million signatures.