AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Nearly a year after Elijah McClain was killed following an altercation with Aurora Police, national and international calls for an investigation have made their way to lawmakers and law enforcement in Colorado.
The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has received more than 10,000 phone calls and 2,000 emails asking for the three officers linked to McClain’s death to be charged. TV host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres also tweeted about the case, calling for justice for McClain.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 24, 2020
CBS4 first reported about the death following an altercation between McClain and the officers in Aurora in August of 2019. Someone called 911 to report McClain was “acting odd” and wearing a ski mask as he walked home. The caller told dispatch McClain was not armed, and had not committed a crime.
When officers made contact with McClain, he told them he had done nothing wrong. He was returning home from buying tea at a convenience store.
After McClain told officers he hadn’t done anything wrong, officers attempted to stop him and physically grabbed him. McClain was eventually tackled by one of three officers, and placed in a choke hold. McClain is heard in body camera video telling officers he wasn’t resisting.
He also told them he was an introvert, a vegetarian and was unable to hurt a fly.