Autopsy report for Elijah McClain, unarmed black man who died while in in police custody in Colorado three years ago changed to update in cause of death from “uncertain” to “complications” of administration of ketamine after an enforced restriction,” Adams County Chief Coroner Monica Broncusia-Jordan said Friday.
In August 2019 McClain, 23-year- an old masseur, walked home from store when he was apprehended by the Aurora police while responding to a “suspicious face” call. Police said McClain resisted and was placed in the carotid compartment.
Look at the confrontation with the police that led to the murder of Elijah McClain. death
Paramedics diagnose McClain with “excited delirium” and introduced powerful sedative ketamine. He suffered from the heart attack on in way to the hospital. Three days later he was declared a brain dead.
original the autopsy report lists cause of McClane death as “indefinite”.
coroner office received body camera footage, witness statements and additional recordings that were part of of a grand jury trial and available before the autopsy was performed, pathologist Dr. Steven Cena wrote in amended autopsy report.
Simply put, this dose of too much ketamine for this man and it led in overdose, although blood levels of ketamine were constant with “therapeutic” concentration,” writes CIna. “I believe that Mr. McClain would most likely be alive, but for administration of ketamine.”
China, who assisted in the autopsy of Broncucia-Jordan, wrote that on the basis of on his training and experience he still believes in the manner of death “Undefined”.
“I acknowledge that other reasonable forensic pathologists who trained in other places may have their own philosophy regarding death in detention and that they may consider a way of death in this type of either MURDER or ACCIDENT.” – Pathologist added.
CIna was unable to determine if carotid retention affected McClain’s condition. deathon added.
But “I saw no evidence that the injuries inflicted by the police contributed to death,” He wrote.
The amended autopsy protocol was signed in July 2021. It was released Friday after a Denver District Court judge approved an emergency coroner’s motion.
McClane death days after interaction with police have resumed their investigation of in use of carotid seizures and ketamine during law enforcement stops. His case gained renewed attention during the Black Lives Matter protests. in commemoration of police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.
Last year a grand jurors indicted three police officers and two paramedics in the McClane case. They are face accusations of manslaughter, negligent homicide and other charges.
In 2021 city settled civil rights lawsuit with McClain family for 15 million dollars, and the Aurora police and fire departments agreed to adopt a resolution to resolve the problem of racial bias found by government investigation.