“I can’t breathe. I have my ID right here. My name is Elijah McClain. That’s my house. I was just going home. I’m an introvert. I’m just different. That’s all. I’m so sorry. I have no gun. I don’t do that stuff. I don’t do any fighting. Why are you attacking me? I don’t even kill flies! I don’t eat meat! But I don’t judge people, I don’t judge people who do eat meat. Forgive me. All I was trying to do was become better. I will do it. I will do better. I will do anything. Sacrifice my identity. I’ll do it. You all are phenomenal. You are beautiful. And I love you. Try to forgive me. I am a mood Gemini. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. Ow, that really hurt. You all are very strong. Team work makes the dream work… (crying).. oh I’m sorry. I just can’t breathe correctly (proceeds to vomit from the pressure on his chest and neck).” – The last words of Eliah McClain.
Source: Cyber Mountain
Elijah McClain was a 23-year-old black man who played violin at a cat shelter so that they wouldn’t get lonely; his mother said that he “brought joy to everyone who met him.” Because of his anemia, he often wore a ski mask to keep warm. On August 24, 2019, while McClain was walking home from a convenience store, someone called the cops to report his “suspicious behavior.” When officers arrived, they restrained McClain before he could even take off his headphones. Officers put him a chokehold, which caused McClain to lose consciousness, and when paramedics arrived, they were instructed to inject him with ketamine. As a result, McClain suffered a heart attack and was pronounced brain dead at the hospital. McClain was taken off life support on August 30th.
During the violent arrest, the officer’s claim that their body cams dislodged, however, one officer can first be heard saying, “Move your camera, dude.” The officers who murdered Elijah were allowed to keep their jobs. McClain’s family demanded an independent investigation, but Adams County District Attorney Dave Young said he would not charge the officers. Another investigation was opened, but the investigator was fired due to concerns about his neutrality as a former police officer. Recently, officers were placed under investigation for inappropriate photos taken near the sight where McClain was murdered.
During the recent wave of Black Lives Matter protests, Elijah McClain’s murder has garnered attention across the country. There have been multiple peaceful protests and violin vigils for him. Elijah McClain deserves justice. We must say his name and demand that the officers who murdered Elijah be investigated by a neutral party and be fired from their jobs. Sign this petition to demand justice for Elijah McClain!
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