Elijah McClain autopsy revised; new report not revealed

The autopsy for Elijah McClain, a Black man who died during a struggle with police in Colorado in 2019, has been revised following court evidence.

The new report cannot be released due to a court order the coroner was required to take.

The situation

“In August 2019, McClain, who was 23, was walking home from a store when he was apprehended by Aurora police officers responding to a ‘suspicious person’ call. Police said McClain had resisted, and he was placed into a carotid hold,” CNN reported.

“Paramedics diagnosed McClain with ‘excited delirium’ and administered the powerful sedative ketamine. He suffered a heart attack on the way to the hospital. Three days later, he was declared brain dead,” it added.

The statement

“My hands are tied and I am not permitted to release the Amended Autopsy Report unless and until I am released from the attached Order and Oath,” Chief Coroner Monica Broncucia-Jordan confirmed Friday.

“The Attorney General’s Office indicated that only the Denver Chief Judge could authorize release of the Autopsy Report. Once I have authorization from that Court to release the Autopsy Report, I will gladly do so,” she added.

Three Aurora police officers and two paramedics are facing charges in the incident.

In 2021, the city settled a lawsuit with McClain’s family for $15 million.

The noted autopsy charge likely confirms evidence revealed in the trial that changed the outcome from “undetermined” as the case continues.

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