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Published On: Tue, Sep 3rd, 2019

Colorado man, Elijah McClain dead after resisting police arrest, sister says it was ‘case of police brutality’

An investigation is underway after a Colorado man, Elijah McClain, died following a confrontation with police in suburban Denver.

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The Denver Post reports Aurora police received a call about 10:32 p.m a “suspicious person” wearing a ski mask and waving his arms as he walked down a street Aug. 24. Officers say McClain, 23, refused to stop and fought back when they tried to take him into custody.

According to the details, officers called an ambulance company and Aurora Fire Rescue due to the “level of physical force applied while restraining the subject and his agitated mental state.”

McClain suffered cardiac arrest during the ambulance ride to a local hospital.

Following the confrontation and he had to be placed on life support, which was removed on Friday.

“This was a case of police brutality of someone so sweet,” his younger sister Samara McClain said. “He doesn’t deserve this. He shouldn’t be in a hospital.”

Aurora police spokesman Anthony Camacho said Friday he couldn’t confirm the extent of McClain’s injuries. He said three officers are on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated by Denver and Aurora police as well as the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Samara explained that Elijah McClain regularly wore a mask due to his anemia and had gone to a corner store to purchase some tea that night for a cousin.

“The next thing you know he was in the hospital,” Samara McClain said.

Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz said his department will release body camera footage of the confrontation after prosecutors complete their review.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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