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Lawyers for Sheneen McClain, the mother of Elijah McClain, have announced that the family has reached an agreement with the city of Aurora, reports CBS Denver. Elie mcclain died after an altercation with police officers from Aurora and paramedics from Aurora in August 2019.

McClain was walking home from a convenience store when someone called 911 saying he saw someone behaving suspiciously. Police arrived and arrested McClain moments after speaking with him. The paramedics injected him ketamine in order to master it.

McClain repeatedly told officers he was going home and didn’t want to hurt anyone. He was not armed.

McClain didn’t stop when officers told him to do so, later telling them he had his music and couldn’t hear them. Officers say McClain resisted arrest and attempted to take one of their guns. Body camera footage does not capture evidence that McClain took his guns.

McClain suffered a cardiac event on his way to the hospital and was taken out of the resuscitation system a few days later.

Elijah McClain’s family settle lawsuit with Aurora, Colo. Over confrontation with police
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On Monday, lawyer for Elijah’s mother, Sheneen, confirmed that they had reached an unspecified settlement with the city, “resolving all of the claims raised in its federal civil rights lawsuit.”

“The court will now determine the allocation of proceeds between Ms. McClain, the parent who raised Elijah McClain alone, and Lawayne Mosley, the absent biological father,” the lawyer added.

Lawyer for LaWayne Mosley, Elijah’s father, issued this statement on behalf of Mosley: “Nothing will bring back his son Elijah, whom he loved very much, but he hopes that this settlement with Aurora and the criminal charges against the officers and doctors who killed Elijah, will allow his family and the community to begin to heal. “

McClain’s family filed a 106-page lawsuit in U.S. District Court in August 2020.

The lawsuit stated in part: “Aurora’s brutality deprived Elijah of most of his adult life, a life of brilliant promise both to himself and to the many people with whom he allegedly shared his light and compassion. “

In September, the Colorado state attorney general’s office uncovered a pattern of racist policing and excessive use of force in Aurora. The attorney general is now recommending changes to policies, training, record keeping and hiring which, at an entry level, are made by the city’s public service commission.

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