Elijah McClain’s Parents Speak Out After First Responders Charged in Son’s Death

By: Alyssa Wilson

The parents of Elijah McClain are speaking out after first responders were charged for their role in their son’s death on Wednesday.  

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser announced two officers with the Aurora Police Department, one former officer and two paramedics will each be charged with one count of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide and other charges in the 32-count indictment.   

RELATED: Elijah McClain Death: Three Officers, Two Paramedics Charged 

Elijah was 23 years old when he was stopped by police while on his way home. Officers placed him in a chokehold and paramedics injected him with 500 milligrams of ketamine. Shortly after, he suffered cardiac arrest, was declared brain dead and he died days later.  

RELATED: Parents of Elijah McClain Sue Colorado Police Over His Death  

LaWayne Mosley, McClain’s father, spoke with CNN about the charges, saying he is feeling “happy and hopeful.” Mosley described his son as a “caring” and “sweet person” and said there won’t be justice until those involved in his death go to jail.  

Iris Halpern, the attorney representing the McClain family, joined Making the Case with BNC host Yodit Tewolde. She said the McClain family was overwhelmed but grateful for all the work they’ve done to bring on the charges.  

RELATED: Two Atlanta Students Filed Charges Against Police for Excessive Force  

Elijah’s mother Sheneen McClain spoke with Tewolde. “I definitely was surprised. I was praying for a good outcome. I was praying for one that would allow my son’s soul to be at peace,” she said. “When the indictments came down, I was surprised. I was shocked. I didn’t expect that level of justice, especially in the state of Colorado.”  

You can see the full interview with McClain’s mother Friday night on Making the Case at 9 p.m. EST 

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by this story, resources are available here. 

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