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Elijah McClain’s amended autopsy report to be released


The Adams County Coroner’s Office in Colorado is set to release Elijah McClain’s amended autopsy report after multiple news outlets sued for its release on Friday.

The report was altered based on confidential grand jury information, according to the Adams County Chief Coroner.

The release comes ahead of the indictment of five former Aurora police officers and paramedics in McClain’s 2019 death.

Aurora, Colo., police officers Erica Marrero, left, and Kyle Dittrich, right, were both fired for posing at the site of Elijah McClain’s death. Jaron Jones, center, later resigned.

Aurora Police Department

McClain, a 23-year-old black massage therapist, died following an encounter with police in August 2019 while returning home from a convenience store.

A passerby had called 911 to report that McClain was acting “summary” as he was wearing a ski mask on a hot night. The McClain family attorney attributed this to the fact that McClain was anemic, which made him get cold more easily.

Aurora officers responded to the scene and confronted McClain. An officer can be heard saying in body camera footage that they put him in a carotid choke, which restricts the carotid artery and cuts off blood to the brain, according to the Justice Department. McClain can be heard saying “I can’t breathe” in police body camera footage.

Paramedics arrived, giving McClain an “excessive” dose of ketamine, according to McCain’s attorney, and McClain went into cardiac arrest soon after in an ambulance, officials said. McClain was pronounced dead three days later.

Elijah McClain’s amended autopsy report to be released

Elijah McClain in an undated photo.

Family photo

Former Aurora police officers Jason Rosenblatt, Nathan Woodyard and Randy Roedema along with paramedics Peter Cichuniec and Jeremy Cooper have been charged with 32 counts, including manslaughter, negligent homicide criminal and assault.

Their arraignment is scheduled for November.

CPR News filed a lawsuit against the Adams County Coroner’s Office on September 1, arguing for the release of the autopsy report. Several other local news organizations joined the effort after open taping requests for the report were denied.

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