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SHERRI SHEPHERD, ELLEN DEGENERES & MORE DEMAND JUSTICE FOR ELIJAH MCCLAIN, WHO DIED IN POLICE CUSTODY LAST YEAR
Saturday, Jul 4, 2020

Elijah McClain is the latest name on the list of unarmed people who have lost their lives at the hands of police. Nearly a year after the 23-year-old died following an altercation with three Aurora police officers, his case is not only gaining national attention by lawmakers but from many celebrities who are demanding justice.

On August 24, 2019, a 911 caller described Elijah as a black male who was “acting weird” and “waving his arms around,” District Attorney Dave Young detailed in the incident report. Although he was wearing a ski mask at the time—as he often did due to his anemia—the caller told dispatchers he was unarmed and had not committed a crime. When approached by three police officers, Elijah “continued walking” and told them “I have a right to go where I am going” and “leave me alone…I am going home.” Things escalated and a struggle ensued when an officer grabbed Elijah’s arm and he resisted. After one of the officers put Elijah in a carotid control hold, intended to restrict blood flow to the brain, he lost consciousness and was injected with 500 mg of ketamine by first responders. He had a heart attack on his way to the hospital, and was declared brain dead 3 days later. Although no one has been charged in his case, Governor Jared Polis announced his office will re-examine the investigation, CNN reports.

 

Many celebrities have taken to social media to mourn the loss of Elijah, remember his gentle spirit which was described as “an angel among humans” by McClain family lawyer, Mari Newman, and demand that those responsible for his senseless death are held accountable.

Soon-to-be Dish Nation cohost and mother to an autistic son, Sherri Shepherd, shared a heartbreaking video detailing the events that happened to Elijah on that fateful night. “Elijah tried to tell the police he was an introvert and was different but they didn’t care… before he died he said (amongst other things) ‘Forgive me all I was trying to do is become better,'” Sherri captioned her post. “As I kiss my son goodnight, I cry with anguish in my soul. Because soon Jeffrey, who loves the WWE and making people laugh will be out walking wearing his hoodie, (bc it calms his nervous system). What will people think or do to my Baby just bc his skin is brown? We must get justice for Elijah McClain.”

 

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My son Jeffrey has some of the same characteristics as Elijah McClain, a young man who at 23 years young , was murdered by police (who still have their jobs) after being put in a chokehold and administered ketamine: The cops were called bc he looked suspicious (Elijah was wearing a ski mask to help w his anemia and also it helped him w his social anxiety). Elijah was just a beautifully, sweet young man who loved playing the violin for kittens at the animal shelter to make them feel better. Elijah tried to tell the police he was an introvert and was different but they didn’t care… before he died he said (amongst other things) “Forgive mr all I was trying to do is become better”… I am a mother of a black boy. As I kiss my son goodnight, I cry with anguish in my soul. Because soon Jeffrey, who loves the WWE and making people laugh will be out walking wearing his hoodie, (bc it calms his nervous system). What will people think or do to my Baby just bc his skin is brown? We must get justice for Elijah McClain – please send me the link and I will post #sayhisname #elijahmcclain #justiceforelijahmcclain #jesus

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Ellen DeGeneres urged followers to “ask yourself what you would do if it happened to someone you knew.” She also provided contact information for the Governor of Colorado and officials working the case.

Dish Nation co-host Porsha Williams, who has been very vocal during protests against police brutality, shared the heartbreaking story, and wondered how “officers were CLEARED of wrongdoing.” She demanded justice for Elijah and reiterated that the police should be defunded.

 

 

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Your story broke my 💔 The officers were CLEARED of wrong doing! HOW?? #Defundthepolice #JusticeForElijahMcclain Rest In Peace sweet soul. 🙏🏾 @houseofcurrent ・・・ Edit: the Aurora mayor doesn’t have a (404) area code because he’s in Aurora not Atlanta. His area code is (303). But his voicemail box is full, so call the city attorney and all elected officials in Aurora in your free time! Just because the news is bored with how much change needs to happen, doesn’t mean we get to be! Pick up your phones, call your friends, and start calling the city of Aurora. #elijahmcclain’s story needs to be heard and the officers need to be held accountable. Swipe through to find some quick ways you can make your voice heard so Elijah can get the justice he deserves today and that he deserved months ago. #justiceforelijahmcclain

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For information on how you can help with Elijah’s case, follow his official Instagram account @justiceforelijahmcclain, sign the petition at change.org petition, and donate to his mother’s GoFund Me account. For additional resources on how to fight against racism, inequality, injustice and police brutality, head over to our resource list.

 

 

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