Celebrities draw attention to the tragic death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain, and demanding politicians take action in a viral video. Janelle Monae, Cassie, Meagan Good and many more gave their voice to the clip that was released on Tuesday (August 4th).
Prosecutor Daniel Brotzman, Attorney General Phil Weiser, Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman, and Colorado Governor Jared Polis were specifically asked to ignore people's calls and call for justice for McClain.
Janelle Monae added: "So we'll talk to you a little louder."
The five-minute video tells the tragic story of McClain.
The 23-year-old is said to have gone home from a supermarket on August 24, 2019, when the police responded to a call from a "suspicious man" with a ski mask. Officials held him in by strangling him. Paramedics arrived on site and injected him with a large dose of ketamine.
Body camera footage shows McClain being wrestled, vomiting, crying, and gasping for breath "I can't breathe" when the police arrested him. Three days later, he was declared brain dead and an autopsy of the cause of the death was found to be inconclusive.
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Until June 13, the three Colorado police officers who were involved in Elijah McClain's death in 2019 were assigned the "non-enforcement" duties.
Officials said Nathan Woodyard and Jason Rosenblatt were reassigned on June 13, while Randy Roedema was reassigned a week later. According to the KDVR, the new tasks relate to desk work.
Faith Goodrich, spokeswoman for the Aurora Police Department, said on June 26 that the main reason for the move was the complaints they received. "This was done to protect these officials," she told 9News.
Colorado governor Jared Polis announced that his office would re-investigate the case almost a year after McClain's family first asked for answers about his death. Attorney General Phil Weiser will investigate the death, while Aurora officials are planning a separate investigation into the actions of the first responders in the case.
As of now, all examinations are pending.