Photo: Elijah McClain/Instagram
Elijah McClain was buying bottled tea for his cousin from a convenience store.
Then as the thug police officers started legally murdering innocent gentle Elijah, he pleaded for his life – these were his last words.
I can’t breathe. I have my ID right here. My name is Elijah McClain. That’s my house. I was just going home. I’m an introvert. I’m just different. That’s all. I’m so sorry. I have no gun. I don’t do that stuff. I don’t do any fighting. Why are you attacking me? I don’t even kill flies! I don’t eat meat! But I don’t judge people, I don’t judge people who do eat meat. Forgive me. All I was trying to do was become better. I will do it. I will do anything. Sacrifice my identity, I’ll do it. You all are phenomenal. You are beautiful and I love you. Try to forgive me. I’m a mood Gemini. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. Ow, that really hurt. You are all very strong. Teamwork makes the dream work. (Crying) Oh, I’m sorry I wasn’t trying to do that. I just can’t breathe correctly. (Proceeds to vomit from the pressure to his chest and neck.)
In August of 2019, police officers in Aurora, Colorado were called in from a 911 call reporting a suspicious Black person in a ski mask. The person described was 23-year-old Elijah McClain. McClain was walking home from a convenience store, unarmed, when law enforcement claims he resisted arrest. McClain had committed no crime and was never questioned, rather he was tackled to the ground for 15 minutes, and put into a carotid hold, or chokehold. First responders then arrived at the scene and injected unconscious McClain with ketamine, a medication that can be used as a sedative.
Days after, Elijah McClain died in the hospital. The story of Elijah’s horrible and wrongful death has been circulating the internet in recent weeks, in light of the ever-powerful Black Lives Matter movement. Petitions have started for the officers responsible for McClain’s death to be held accountable, and the world is outraged by Elijah’s last moments. Another senseless tragedy that never should have happened.
Hollywood Insider’s CEO Pritan Ambroase, who has been speaking up to do his part for Black lives to matter for 10+ years as a human rights activist, adds, “All those innocent people that were killed by thug police officers hurt. But for some reason, Elijah’s murder hurts INCREDIBLY. Not just because Elijah was the gentlest human ever, but also due to the fact that THIS is confirmation that it does not matter how kind or gentle a Black person is, thug police officers will still attack to KILL without any reason. And it also hurts because Elijah’s last words were so full of love for the SAME criminals that were murdering him. Even when he was getting painfully murdered, Elijah managed to be KIND. How many of you could do that? Justice for Elijah. Justice so that no other innocent person gets killed by thug police officers anymore. Police Reform NOW. REFORM everything NOW to make sure Black lives matter.”
Elijah McClain Said “I Just Can’t Breathe Correctly”
If you asked his friends and family, words used to describe Elijah would be quirky, spiritual, and gentle. That is evident by videos that have circulated social media recently, showing McClain playing the violin to the animals at the animal shelter in an effort to calm them with music. Elijah taught himself to play the violin then played it to animals at shelters so “so they wouldn’t be lonely”. McClain worked as a massage therapist and was known for being kind and thoughtful. On the day of his arrest made by the Aurora Police Department, McClain had not been accused of any crime. Rather, he was racially profiled due to him being Black and killed in an act of racist police brutality.
The Aurora Police state that they tackled McClain upon finding him because he had supposedly reached for one of the officers’ guns. After being tackled, McClain was then placed in a carotid hold, which applies pressure to a person’s neck and restricts blood flow to the brain. This technique today is being widely banned by many police departments across the nation. The only report made against McClain was that he “looked suspicious and was wearing a ski mask.” McClain’s family later explained that he was wearing a ski mask, and did so on many occasions because he was anemic and would become abnormally cold.
One of the officers threatened to bring a police dog over to him and bite him for “messing around.”
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This one hits really really hard. The third photo in this video is Elijah’s last words. Elijah was a 23 year old who played violin to cats at a shelter during his spare time. As he was being “legally” murdered by thug police officers, Elijah told them how amazing and beautiful they were and that he was in pain. He was killed for WALKING HOME. #elijahmcclain #policebrutality #blacklivesmatter #breonnataylor #georgefloyd
Hear his laugh and see his light. Elijah McClain’s energy when entering the room is special and will not be forgotten. We must take action. | @Hollywdinsdr | Video: @justiceforelijahmcclain on Instagram#hollywoodinsider #hollywood #insider #blm #blacklivesmatter pic.twitter.com/zRNhSmOM85 — Hollywood Insider (@Hollywdinsdr) June 30, 2020
“I have no gun. I don’t do that stuff. I don’t do any fighting. Why are you attacking me? I don’t even kill flies! I don’t eat meat!”
The police department in Aurora released body camera footage from the night of McClain’s arrest. In the footage, McClain is seen being stopped by police on his way home, and he encouraged the officers to leave him alone. This is when officers attempted to make an arrest (still unclear as to what for) and McClain struggled. They then proceeded to wrestle him to the ground and put him in a chokehold. In the audio, McClain is heard pleading with the police. He tells them he cannot breathe, that he has his ID on him, and that he is an introvert that is unarmed and peaceful. He pleaded for his life. He tried as calmly as he could to explain his situation and that he could not breathe correctly. The officers simply did not care. McClain was in pain, and even vomited from being in the carotid hold for too long. Through this entire 15-minute interrogation/torture, McClain remained positive in his outlook. McClain told officers he was sorry, that he was just different and the officers were “beautiful” and ‘phenomenal”. That did not matter to them. What did matter to them? The color of Elijah McClain’s skin. He was in a nervous state and officers requested that McClain be sedated with something strong. It was then that McClain was injected with ketamine, and in the ambulance McClain went into cardiac arrest twice, later being declared brain dead.
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@justiceforelijahmcclain 6/27 Washington Square Park Hosted by @_yozart_ Apologize for the shaky footages. It was not intended to use as documentary style video & audio, I uploaded just to show you the general vibe tonight, which was beautiful! I saw people with pro audio and video equipment there, Hopefully you will be able to see some high quality version soon.
Police Brutality And INTENTIONAL CRUELTY Killed Elijah McClain
Elijah McClain was not reported for committing any crime. Police acted violently towards McClain because they FELT THEY HAVE THE POWER TO DO SO. After his death in the hospital, the Adams County Coroner’s Office in Colorado declared McClain’s death as ‘undetermined’. Dr. Stephen Cina, the pathologist, said there were several potential components that could’ve led to his death, one of which being an ‘unexpected reaction’ to the ketamine drug. Cina stated no signs of traumatic asphyxiation or injuries related to the neck. He said that death could be a homicide, but he was unable to ascertain the precise cause of death.
Though there is no determined cause of death, we know one thing. Elijah McClain could not breathe. He stated it outright multiple times to the officers that continued to keep him in a chokehold.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis appointed a special prosecutor to investigate McClain’s death, but Sheneen is not impressed at all as she rightly believes it’s all for show, and thinks its “just another song and dance” to make the story go away.
Elijah would go to the animal shelter to play the violin because he thought that the animals were lonely in their cages and that it would calm them. He must not be forgotten. We must say his name. And we must take action. | @Hollywdinsdr | Photo: @chnge @nataliegfiggers on IG pic.twitter.com/X1CNQMtRGF
— Hollywood Insider (@Hollywdinsdr) June 30, 2020
Elijah McClain Deserves Justice Moving Forward
It has been nearly a year since the death of Elijah McClain. Moving forward, we must demand justice for a beautiful soul lost at the hands of careless violence. The three officers involved in the death of McClain – Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt, and Randy Roedema – were temporarily removed from the department, but later were placed back on regular duty as normal. Adams County announced in November that the officers would not be charged, but since the beginning of June, thousands have been pressing on for a new investigation. Mayor of Aurora, Mike Coffman made a statement this month on Twitter announcing a Special Meeting of the Aurora City Council on July 6 to determine whether or not they will launch an independent investigation of McClain’s case. What about the Parademic team who injected Ketamine into the unconscious human?
Do NOT let the beautiful Elijah’s story go away – we the people must demand and receive justice for him, all other Black people and humanity itself.
Click here to read Hollywood Insider’s CEO Pritan Ambroase’s love letter to Black Lives Matter, in which he tackles more than just police reform, press freedom and more – click here.
An excerpt from the love letter: Hollywood Insider’s CEO/editor-in-chief Pritan Ambroase affirms, “Hollywood Insider fully supports the much-needed Black Lives Matter movement. We are actively, physically and digitally a part of this global movement. We will continue reporting on this major issue of police brutality and legal murders of Black people to hold the system accountable. We will continue reporting on this major issue with kindness and respect to all Black people, as each and every one of them are seen and heard. Just a reminder, that the Black Lives Matter movement is about more than just police brutality and extends into banking, housing, education, medical, infrastructure, etc. We have the space and time for all your stories. We believe in peaceful/non-violent protests and I would like to request the rest of media to focus on 95% of the protests that are peaceful and working effectively with positive changes happening daily. Media has a responsibility to better the world and Hollywood Insider will continue to do so.”
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