Below is the letter we will send to Attorney General Phil Weiser:
Demand Justice for Elijah McClain
UPDATE: A grand jury will review the murder of Elijah McClain.
A grand jury is an investigative tool that has the power to compel testimony from witnesses and require the production of certain documents and other relevant information. And although AG Phil Weiser has assured the public that the investigation will be "thorough" and “guided by the facts and law, and worthy of the public’s trust,” the grand jury process is traditionally secretive. There's no guarantee that the public will have access to information about witnesses or evidence presented in the case. And the grand jury is not required to issue a report on its findings if the investigation doesn't result in charges.
To make matters worse, AG Weiser has a great deal of influence in whether a grand jury will recommend charges. As we saw with the murder of Breonna Taylor, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron similarly convened a grand jury, only for no charges to have been brought against the officers.
It's been 16 months since Elijah was murdered and we've seen no justice. We're not backing down now. We must continue to call on AG Phil Weiser to demand that the officers who murdered Elijah are held accountable.
See more details about Elijah's case below.
Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man in Aurora, Colorado, was murdered at the hands of police almost a year ago and still no justice.
On August 24, 2019, three white police officers stopped Elijah while he was walking home from a convenience store -- after a 911 caller reportedly described Elijah as a “suspicious person.” The details that led to Elijah’s death are horrific. The officers can be heard on bodycam video threatening to bring their dog to bite Elijah and even accusing Elijah of provoking arrest. Minutes later, officers then put Elijah in a deadly chokehold, causing him to go unconscious. Paramedics rushed to the scene only for Elijah to later suffer from a heart attack; he was declared brain dead three days later.
That’s why we must call on AG Phil Weiser to stand up for what is right and file criminal charges against the officers who murdered Elijah McClain. He has the power to ensure these officers are not free to roam the streets while Elijah's family is forced to mourn the loss of their loved one.
Elijah Mcclain should still be alive today. Sign the petition to demand AG Phil Weiser charge the officers who murdered Elijah.
Here is the Petition:
Dear Attorney General Phil Weiser,
We are looking at you to ensure justice for Elijah McClain and his family who have been forced to endure the most painful loss of this young Black man who died at the hands of police violence and brutality. We won't sit by and watch any more of our people die as a result of unnecessary harm that is inflicted by the police -- the officers who murdered Elijah must be held accountable NOW. And that starts with their immediate arrest and criminal charges filed against them.