Cops Allegedly Posed at Elijah McClain MemorialNewser — Arden Dier
Reporter Brian Maass says the photos show officers reenacting the chokehold used on the 23-year-old. The site where he died is now a memorial. McClain was detained on Aug. 24 after a person called 911 to report a person "wearing a ski mask and waving his arms," per Vice.
McClain was listening to music at the time, and his family says he occasionally wore the mask because he had anemia and felt cold, reports NPR.
Police said McClain refused requests to "stop walking down the street" before he was placed in a carotid hold and held down by three officers.
Paramedics then injected McClain with the sedative ketamine.
He suffered multiple cardiac arrests and was declared brain dead before being taken off life support on Aug. 30. Local prosecutors declined to charge officers Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt, and Randy Roedema.
Interim police chief Vanessa Wilson said an "accelerated investigation" into the photos by Internal Affairs concluded Monday evening and would be "publicly released in its entirety." She added "all involved officers were immediately placed on administrative leave with pay in non-enforcement capacities."
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