image source image caption The death of Elijah McClain in 2019 received renewed attention after the death of George Floyd last year
Three US police officers and two paramedics have been charged with the death of a black man who was strangled and injected with ketamine.
Elijah McClain, 23, was arrested by police in 2019 in Aurora, Colorado.
His case was among several in receive renewed attention after the death of George Floyd last year.
Nobodywas originally indicted for his death, but following public pressure, the governor of Colorado has opened a new investigation.
Reacting to the accusations, McClain's mother, Sheneen, told the Denver Post: "It's been a two-year battle just to get there. It's huge to know that They are charged. But I know this is not over. We still have to stand trial.
On August 24, 2019, this jA 23-year-old man was walking alone in the Denver suburb of Aurora when he was arrested by three white cops.
A district attorney report later said there had been an emergency call concerning a "suspicious person " corresponding to his deion.
image source CBS / Mari Newman image caption Elijah McClain died after police captured him strangled and a doctor injected him with ketamine
There was a struggle after McClain resisted contact with the officers, who wanted to search him to see if he was armed, according to the report.
On body camera footage, McClain, who was autistic, can be heard saying: "I'm an introvert, please , respect my limits when I speak ".
One of the officers then says " he's going to get your gun "and they take him to the ground and put him in a choke.
The report says McClain lost consciousness, was released from the choke and began to struggle again.
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McClain's family alleged that the police used excessive force for about 15 minutes while McClain vomited, the begged to stop and told them repeatedly that he couldn't breathe. Police officers also threatened to put a police dog on him, the family said.
Officers called for help, along with firefighters and an ambulance. A medic injected McClain with 500 mg of ketamine to put him to sleep.
McClain was then placed in "flexible ties " on a stretcher and placed inside the stretcher. ambulance. The doctor who administered the drug then noticed that McClain's chest "was not lifting at his rate, and he had no pulse ".
It was stated in brain dead on August 27.
Family and friends have described McClain as an "angel among humans". Fo massage therapistrmation, he allegedly played the violin to animals in a shelter waiting to be adopted "so that they would not feel alone ".