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SAM TABACHNIK

The Denver Post

Elijah McClain indictment: Case against Aurora police officers and paramedics comes down to intent, experts say

“A fact any prosecutor will run into is a somewhat antiquated idea that all officers are acting in good faith,” said Birk Baumgartner, an Englewood civil rights attorney. “That’s always the difficulty. You have to get over that threshold to have an objective jury that can make a decision on the facts of the case, rather than the idea people have growing up that all police officers are being the good guys.”

DENVER , CO - SEPTEMBER 1: Colorado attorney general Phil Weiser speaks during a press conference announcing an indictment of the three Aurora police officers and two Aurora fire paramedics in the death of Elijah McClain on Wednesdsay, September 1, 2021. Weiser announced that the three officers, Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt and Randy Roedema, and two paramedics, Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec, were indicted on 32 total charges, which include, but are not limited to manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and assault with intent to cause bodily harm. On August 24, 2019, McClain was walking near his home in Aurora when officers responded to reports of a non-violent person wearing a ski mask. McClain, who was wearing headphones, was forcefully detained by the officers. The officers held McClain on the ground as he struggled to breathe, while pleading with the men holding him. When paramedics arrived, they administered ketamine to McClain. The 23-year-old left the site in cardiac arrest and on August 30, he died, while on life support in the hospital. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)
DENVER , CO - SEPTEMBER 1: Colorado attorney general Phil Weiser speaks during a press conference announcing an indictment of the three Aurora police officers and two Aurora fire paramedics in the death of Elijah McClain on Wednesdsay, September 1, 2021. Weiser announced that the three officers, Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt and Randy Roedema, and two paramedics, Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec, were indicted on 32 total charges, which include, but are not limited to manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and assault with intent to cause bodily harm. On August 24, 2019, McClain was walking near his home in Aurora when officers responded to reports of a non-violent person wearing a ski mask. McClain, who was wearing headphones, was forcefully detained by the officers. The officers held McClain on the ground as he struggled to breathe, while pleading with the men holding him. When paramedics arrived, they administered ketamine to McClain. The 23-year-old left the site in cardiac arrest and on August 30, he died, while on life support in the hospital. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

SAM TABACHNIK

The Denver Post

Elijah McClain indictment: Case against Aurora police officers and paramedics comes down to intent, experts say

“A fact any prosecutor will run into is a somewhat antiquated idea that all officers are acting in good faith,” said Birk Baumgartner, an Englewood civil rights attorney. “That’s always the difficulty. You have to get over that threshold to have an objective jury that can make a decision on the facts of the case, rather than the idea people have growing up that all police officers are being the good guys.”