After nearly two years, Colorado Attorney General General Phil Weiser is opening a grand jury investigation into the 2019 death of Elijah McClain.
According to CNN, “Under the Governor’s executive order, the Attorney General’s Office continues to conduct an independent investigation concerning the events of August 24, 2019 involving Elijah McClain and his subsequent death.”
“The grand jury is an investigative tool that has the power to compel testimony from witnesses and require production of documents and other relevant information,” the statement said. “Our investigation will be thorough, guided by the facts and law, and worthy of the public’s trust. In order to maintain the impartiality and integrity of the process.”
Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black massage therapist who was confronted by police while walking home and died days later after being placed in a chokehold. On the night of August 24, 2019, McClain was walking home from a convenience store with an iced tea when he was confronted by three Aurora, Colorado, police officers.
The officers stopped him after a 911 caller reported a suspicious person wearing a ski mask walking along Billings Street in Aurora, according to a police news release. That report says that McClain “resisted contact” with officers before a struggle ensued. “I’m an introvert,” McClain is heard saying in police bodycam footage after officers confront him. “Please respect the boundaries that I am speaking.”
“Relax,” an officer says at one point, “or I’m going to have to change this situation.”