Elijah McClain's family responds to scathing report by investigators

McClain's family is speaking out after an independent review condemned Aurora, Colorado, police officers and paramedics for the death of the unarmed 23-year-old Black man.
2:26 | 02/26/21

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point too. Appreciate it. Now to the independent investigation into the death of Elijah Mcclain who died three days after being restrained by Colorado police and injected with a powerful sedative. His family is now speaking out. Stephanie Ramos joins us, and, Stephanie, the report says police had no legal basis to even stop him. Reporter: Exactly, Michael. The report also says officers had no reason to believe Elijah Mcclain was engaged in criminal activity or posed a threat. Elijah would have turned 25 years old this week. His family says at least now they know the truth surrounding his death. This morning, the family of Elijah Mcclain is reacting to the independent investigative report condemning Aurora, Colorado, police officers and paramedics for the death of the unarmed black man. Just glad because another pair of eyes say the same thing we've been saying for the last year and a half. Reporter: The report released Monday states the Aurora police officers did not have the legal basis to stop, frisk or choke the 23-year-old with autism. Elijah died in August of 2019. Three days after he was stopped by officers responding to a 911 call about a suspicious person. Stop. Stop. I have the right -- Stop. Reporter: Three officers wrestled him to the ground, put him in a chokehold and handcuffed him. I can't breathe. Reporter: A medic then injecting him with ketamine, a powerful sedative, the report criticizing Aurora ems for giving him that shot even though he wasn't resisting, quote, giving the 140-pound Mcclain a grossly inaccurate amount of the sedative, enough for a 190-pound man. So what we see is a young man who did everything right and he was murdered by these police and medics because of his race. Reporter: Mcclain suffered cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital where he died three days later. His family still heartbroken. Elijah Mcclain mosley was loved, he's missed and hopefully we get justice for him so we miss him every day. Reporter: The Aurora police department has not commented on this report, which was paid for by the city council. The family has now filed a lawsuit against the city. Guys. Okay. Stephanie, thanks very much. What a case.

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