City probe criticizes police actions in Elijah McClain's death

Police in Aurora, Colorado, did not have the right to stop, frisk or violently restrain Elijah McClain in August 2019, according to a new report. McClain, a young Black man, died after the confrontation. Omar Villafranca reports.

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NORAH O'DONNELL: And there are disturbing new details tonight in the death of a young black man named Elijah McClain. A group of medical and legal experts looked into his death following a confrontation with police in Aurora, Colorado, in 2009, and their report has just been released. Here's CBS's Omar Villafranca.

- I have a right to stop you because you're being suspicious.

OMAR VILLAFRANCA: The independent report out tonight says Aurora Colorado police did not have the right to stop, frisk, or violently restrain Elijah McClain in August 2019.

ELIJAH MCCLAIN: I am an introvert. Please respect the boundaries that I'm speaking.

- Relax.

ELIJAH MCCLAIN: Stop.

- Relax.

ELIJAH MCCLAIN: Stop. I'm going home.

- Relax or I'm going to have to change the situation.

OMAR VILLAFRANCA: Police put the 23-year-old in a neck hold.

ELIJAH MCCLAIN: I can't breathe correctly.

- And according to the report, "EMS administered a ketamine dosage based on a grossly inaccurate and inflated estimate of Mr. McClain's size," adding that "Higher doses can carry a higher risk of sedation complications, for which this team was not clearly prepared."

McClain suffered cardiac arrest and later died in the hospital.

- No justice, no peace!

OMAR VILLAFRANCA: His death sparked outrage amid a summer of protests.

LAWAYNE MOSLEY: He was loved and he is very missed. He's missed. Oh, my god, he's very much missed.

OMAR VILLAFRANCA: LaWayne Mosley is Elijah's father.

What does your version of justice look like?

LAWAYNE MOSLEY: Fired. They shouldn't be police officers, shouldn't be paramedics. I think you should go to jail, you killed a young man. You should be held accountable.

OMAR VILLAFRANCA: The Aurora City Council is planning a virtual meeting tonight to discuss the findings of that report. Meanwhile, the state attorney general is asking a grand jury to look at that case and decide whether to charge those three officers. Norah?

NORAH O'DONNELL: Omar Villafranca, thank you.