On August 24, 2019, Elijah McClain was stopped by police in Aurora, CO as a result of a 911 call of suspicious activity from someone walking around in a ski mask.
McClain was on his way home, listening to music, when the altercation took place. He was put in a chokehold where he lost consciousness. According to the police report, he was administered ketamine to sedate him and on the way to the hospital, he suffered a heart attack and wad declared dead.
Elijah McClain: Aurora police officers will not face criminal charges in man's altercation, death YouTube
This happened 10 months ago. But just a few months ago, a petition was created to open up McClain's case again.
In the video, McClain tells officers that he is an introvert and asks them to respect his boundaries. What is obvious from social media posts about him, he was an innocent man who doesn't seem like a threat at all.
Elijah McClain should be alive. The 23-year-old was walking home from a convenience store in Aurora, CO when polic… https://t.co/VdU3sLi77q— Keith Boykin (@Keith Boykin) 1593011880.0
McClain even spent some of his time playing the violin for kittens.
#ElijahMcClain playing the violin for kittens in the pet shop next door on his lunch break. That’s the kind of pers… https://t.co/cHepli4Fwg— Amber Lotus (@Amber Lotus) 1567313916.0
McClain died because of implicit racism that ended up in the cops being called on him because he was Black and had a ski mask on.
It is an unacceptable reality in America and the exact reason why Black Lives Matter marches are still happening today. However, there are a few ways to help get justice for the death of Elijah McClain. The Instagram account @justiceforelijahmcclain has a lot of great resources to help you get started.
Right now, there is a petition to reopen the investigation into his death so that a more in-depth investigation can be held. It is also a petition to demand the officers responsible are taken off duty, as they are still working for the Aurora Police Department.
You can sign the petition here.
Donate to Elijah's mom's GoFundMe fundraiser
Sheneen McClain currently has a fundraiser going. You can donate to it here.
Call Colorado State Officials and Council Members and demand justice be served
These are the numbers to call:
1. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis
2. Mayor of Aurora Mike Coffman
3. District Attorney Chief Judge Emily E. Anderson
4. Aurora City Attorney Daniel L. Brotzman
1. Crystal Murillo
2. Nicole Johnston
3. Marsha Berzins
4. Alison Coombs
5. Juan Marcano
6. Francoise Bergan
7. Curtis Gardner
8. Dave Gruber
9. Allison Hiltz
10. Angela Lawson
Tag State Officials, Council Members, and relevant hashtags on social media
Some good accounts to tag in any posts related to Elijah McClain are:
And some important hashtags to include are:
The Justice for Elijah McClain Instagram account is updating their posts to reflect local events that are happening to spread McClain's story and help push for all these efforts above to be met by more people.
What has happened to Elijah McClain is the same story that has happened to people like George Floyd, Eric Garner, and Breonna Taylor. It is unacceptable. But the only way to really help make a change is to talk about it and to use whatever resources we have available to spread the unfortunate story and help ignite systemic change that will stop things like this from happening again.