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What the Elijah McClain criminal charges could mean for future paramedic work

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DENVER (KDVR) — The indictments against three officers and two paramedics in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain are unlike any other prominent case, legal experts say.

The 23-year-old died after he was placed in a carotid hold by Aurora Police Officers and injected with the powerful sedative ketamine.

Ian Farrell, associate professor of law at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, said the charges against the paramedics make this case unique.

In addition to manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide charges, paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec also face assault charges for how they used ketamine on McClain that night. The drug is described as a “deadly weapon” in the…

Rachel Skytta

2021-09-01 23:20:28

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