By Esteban L. Hernandez, Denverite | His death prompted demonstrations and rallies this summer in the wake of George Floyd’s death and prompted Aurora police to change some of its rules.
The City of Aurora is trying to get a court to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Elijah McClain, who died in August 2019 after police tried to detain him and responding paramedics used ketamine to sedate him.
City spokesperson Michael Bryant confirmed on Wednesday that the city filed the motion in federal court to dismiss the lawsuit, alleging the lawsuit fails to support its claim that the city was liable in McClain’s death when it came to proper training and supervision of the police department and its paramedics. The lawsuit was filed in August against the city, several police officers and paramedics and alleges they were responsible for McClain’s death.
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McClain, 23, was not suspected of committing any crimes when he was approached by police last year. His death prompted demonstrations and rallies this summer in the wake of George Floyd’s death and prompted Aurora police to change some of its rules, including outlawing the chokehold used by officers to subdue him. The changes to department rules have been introduced both by new police chief Vanessa Wilson and by the Aurora City Council.