Colorado Medics Indicted for Manslaughter

Two paramedics from Aurora Fire Rescue are among five people indicted in the death of Elijah McClain in 2019. Lieutenant Peter Cichuniec, medic Jeremy Cooper, and three police officers were charged with one count of manslaughter, one count of criminally negligent homicide, and various lesser charges of assault.

Police officers stopped McClain on August 24, 2019 as he was returning from a convenience store. Officers claim he resisted and they were forced to restrain him. Medics were requested and they later injected him with ketamine. McClain went into cardiac arrest and passed away at the hospital on August 30, 2019. He was 23-years-old.

Here is a copy of the 33 page indictment.

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About Curt Varone

Curt Varone has over 40 years of fire service experience and 30 as a practicing attorney licensed in both Rhode Island and Maine. His background includes 29 years as a career firefighter in Providence (retiring as a Deputy Assistant Chief), as well as volunteer and paid on call experience. He is the author of two books: Legal Considerations for Fire and Emergency Services, (2006, 2nd ed. 2011, 3rd ed. 2014) and Fire Officer's Legal Handbook (2007), and is a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine writing the Fire Law column.
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