Elijah McClain Autopsy Report: Amended Report Reveals Cause of Death

The Adams County Coroner’s Office released an amended autopsy report on Elijah McClain’s death.

Here is everything you need to know.

New report suggests Elijah McClain died due to ‘ketamine complications’

On September 23, the Adams County Coroner’s Office issued a new report for Elijah McClain.

If you didn’t know, McClain was a 23-year-old black man who died three years ago after a confrontation with police officers.

Additionally, the updated report has cited his cause of death as “complications of ketamine administration after forced restraint.”

However, the report still lists McClain’s manner of death as “undetermined”.

Additionally, Adams County Monica Chief Coroner Monica Broncucia-Jordan also released a statement to address the new report.

She wrote, ‘Research suggests that [McClain] received an intramuscular dose of ketamine higher than recommended for his weight.

Additionally, Broncucia-Jordan revealed, “My review of all body camera footage shows that Mr. McClain was extremely sedated within minutes of receiving a ketamine injection.”

She further clarified, “Simply put, this dose of ketamine was too much for this individual and resulted in an overdose, even though his blood ketamine level was consistent with a ‘therapeutic’ blood concentration.”

Elijah McClain died of a ketamine overdose

On August 24, 2019, Elijah McClain visited a local store in Aurora to purchase tea. Additionally, he was approached by Aurora police officers on Billings Street, just north of E. Colfax Avenue.

Investigators received a call purportedly from a passerby around the same time. The person he called claimed that a suspicious man was waving his arms in the area while wearing a ski mask.

However, McClain’s family attorney stated that the 23-year-old was wearing the ski mask because of his anemia.

However, officers said McClain resisted when they tried to take him into custody. So, they put him in a carotid choke.

According to the Justice Department, the action restricts blood to the brain.

Also, in the body clip, we can hear McClain say, ‘I can’t breathe.’

Regardless, the cops called paramedics from Aurora Fire Rescue to administer ketamine and check on him. However, they gave him 500 milligrams of ketamine, which is an excessive dose given to someone of McClain’s weight.

The report further mentioned that McClain went into cardiac arrest in the ambulance while being taken to a hospital. But he passed away three days after the incident.

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