August 24th, 2019, 23-year-old Elijah McClain was walking home after buying some tea at a local convenience store. According to his family, Elijah, who was anemic, preferred to wear a ski mask to keep his face warm while he was walking. The Aurora Police Department received a call about a “suspicious man,” which resulted in Elijah’s death. After the McClain family requested the bodycam footage from the officers on scene it was reported that in the footage, “He is laying on the ground vomiting, he is begging, he is saying, ‘I can’t breathe.’ One of the officers says, ‘Don’t move again. If you move again, I’m calling in a dog to bite you,'” (Mari Newman, the McClains’ lawyer).
He was pronounced dead August 27th, 2019, at only 23 years old of a heart attack. Denver 7 News stated, “…they couldn’t determine whether McClain’s death was an accident, was due to natural causes, or is a homicide related to the police department’s use of a carotid hold.” The officers on the scene were placed on temporary leave, however, they are back in the field with no charges.