Colorado Indicts First Responders Previously Cleared In Tragic Death Of Elijah McClain

 September 3, 2021

Many first responders across the country, who have been initially cleared from any wrongdoing in shooting cases, are now being taken in front of grand juries and indicted. In Colorado, two officers, a former officer, and two paramedics were indicted on various charges for the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain in 2019.

Re-Opening An Investigation

According to NBC News, the five first responders were charged with multiple charges. One charge Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser levied against them was manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

The first responders who were indicted were Officers Nathan Woodyard, Randy Roesema, Jason Rosenblatt, and paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis used an executive order to push the investigation into McClain's death. Polis gave a statement saying, “Elijah McClain should be alive today, and we owe it to his family to take this step and elevate the pursuit of justice in his name to a statewide concern.”

Officers approach McClain to talk, but he would not follow orders and began to resist officers. They employed the use of a "carotid control hold." When paramedics arrived, they administered 500 mg of ketamine to sedate him. McClain had a heart attack on the way to the hospital and died three days later.


Dave Young, the 17th Judicial District Attorney, said in a statement that he could not prove beyond doubt that "officers involved in this incident were not justified in their actions" with the information they had on hand at the time. However, McClain's death could have been avoided.

Officer Roedema and former Officer Rosenblatt were indicted on one count of intent to cause bodily injury and one count of a crime of violence.

The paramedic's Cooper and Cichuniec are charged with one count of second-degree assault with intent to cause bodily injury, one count of second-degree assault for recklessly causing serious bodily injury using a deadly weapon via the ketamine, and one count of second-degree assault for a purpose other than lawful medical or therapeutic treatment.

Though the first investigation turned up no wrongdoing, activists pushed for McClain's case to be reopened. The governor caved to the activist's demands and put the attorney general on the case.

The Aurora first responders are yet another example of officers and paramedics following their training and department policy yet getting prosecuted for it, even though they were previously cleared.

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23 comments on “Colorado Indicts First Responders Previously Cleared In Tragic Death Of Elijah McClain”


    1. under the rule of a communist dictator the cops become the communist gustopo . when they themselves don't like America . they don't have brains enought to understand after the commies are done with them they themselves will be eliminated . any one who helps a commie 9 out of 10 chances will be executed by one or for one. then to change their brainwashed mind is way to late . this is not the first time AMERICA has had to fight communist . that's why they have to eliminated the old fashion way the way our military had to . the only good commie is a dead commie.

    2. Everybody better start learning Advanced Triage First-Aid Care.
      The reason is clear. With this kind of stupid shit, you would be extremely lucky if any First-Responders showed up at all. Then IF they did show up, they wouldn't touch you or do anything until they received direct step by step orders from their higher-ups, so that they couldn't be charged with anything.
      Or have you fill out a form before they would arrest you or treat your injuries.

      What negligence Your Honor? I was trying to get the person in question to fill out the forms, so we could take care of them. It was not our fault that they did not get done & sign them before they bled to death.

      With this kind of stuff going on. If I were a First Responder, I would start questioning my career choice. I don't want to go to jail, for picking you up off the street with a stick & a spoon.

      As an after thought or observation.
      If he would not have RESISTED ARREST, (for whatever reason). He would still be alive today !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So in reality, what happened was not their fault, it was his.

        1. I know about cooperating with police demands, & not offering ANY resistance. I was stopped one time, (it was a case of mistaken identity). Someone that looked something like me had shot someone a few hours ago. The cop came up to my car with his gun fully drawn and aimed at me. He demanded I get out of the car. I did so by keeping my hands in plain sight, moving them from the steering-wheel to the top of the door frame & pulling myself out of the car very slowly. Then told him that I'm going to reach into my right back pocket to get my ID. After looking at it & seeing that I was not who he thought I was. He asked why I reacted the way that I did. I told him that I in no way wanted to provoke any kind of conflict, even though I hadn't done anything wrong that I knew of.
          He thanked me for being cooperative & said I could talk to his captain about the incident if I wanted to. I said even though having a gun pointed at my face, scared the shit outa me. After talking to him I understood what he did & why he did it.
          Even though I was innocent. If I had reacted any other way, I would be in jail or worse yet dead.
          All this happened in the early 70's, & I learned a valuable lesson. Even if you are guilty of something, don't argue or put up a fight.

      1. And what other drugs was he on that might have reacted with the Ketamine to cause the heart attack. Uppers an Downers together isnt a good mix. Pretty sure thats what happened with Jim Morrison back in the day

  2. This shit needs to stop. Or let a thug take him out. Then it's ok with the anti American attorney general. Sorry excuse of a lawmaker

  3. Yeah charge these people but let the cop go that killed Ashley Babbitt for no reason. These people who sit back and second guess those that deal with out of control people make me sick.

  4. McClain was responsible for his actions, and actions have consequences. The consequences here resulted in his death because the officers and responders reacted appropriately according to their training and the circumstances. After being cleared, to be investigated again is just plain nonsense.

  5. Another George Floyd , all he needed to do is follow the officers commands, and he and George would be alive. Pure bull, all leftist crap! Let the whining jerks ride with the police for a week and they would get a education! Easy to set back after the fact and arm chair QB ,

  6. The perfect storm. I'm 76 and happy that my days are coming to it's end. History has shown that great empires have come and gone, The United States lasted 233 years and now is on its last days. Woe to this next generation the writing is on the wall and I will not be here to see it's climax. Thank God

    1. I hear ya brother, and agree. I am 10 years behind you and people ask what's wrong with me when I say that I'm glad that I won't be here much longer. I tell them that I am healthy as a horse (other than being fat). Then I go on to explain, that the world as we know it is fixing to change for the worse here in the US. Some of the first to be singled out will be seniors, because they can't do much in the way of working. But one thing that those who single us out are forgetting. We have gained quite a bit of knowledge in the time we have been here, (you don't get to get old by being a fool). when they come for us, they will find out about that fact. One thing is. We know how to survive WITHOUT A DAMN CELL-PHONE OR COMPUTERS.
      Nuff Said.

  7. Absolutely crazy! INTENT to cause bodily harm by administering a sedative??? Let's see how many people die because first responders decide to do nothing for fear of reprisal from the far left!!! You reap what you sow!

  8. We need to teach our kids (and adults) do exactly as police asks you to do. Take careful mental notes so you can complain later (when you are healthy and alive). If you resist the police you are at risk to be killed.
     Jared Polis security guards should be removed. He is anti-police and he should be held responsible.

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