Blog: Justice For Elijah McClain

Elijah McClain’s last words to officers

Who is Elijah McClain?

Elijah McClain

Elijah McClain was a 23 year old massage therapist. Everything I have read about him screams gentle. On his lunch break he would play the violin for the kittens in the pet shop next door. He ran in barefoot running shoes because he felt it was more natural. Many of the runners I’ve spoken with in the past have voiced similar things. He was anemic and could be found even in the summer time wear layers of clothes and a runners mask due to being cold. That I can also find true because I have a son that’s anemic. He taught himself how to play the guitar and violin. HE TAUGHT HIMSELF! So what could he have done that would’ve been so wrong to cause him death?

Summary of what I’ve read about his death…

Police received a call about a person acting suspicious flailing their arms and wearing a ski mask. The caller also reported that he didn’t appear to be a threat and did seem to have a weapon. So basically an unnecessary welfare check? How did that in turn lead to his death?

When officers arrived, orders to stop were not responded to. Why was that? Because he was wearing headphones! He couldn’t possibly comply if he did not hear the orders. Once he did notice and proceeded to turn down his music to hear, it was too late. The feeling of “disrespect” had already been planted. Now a need for authority had to be shown.

For 15 MINUTES the officers had him in a hold that applied pressure to his carotid artery. For 15 MINUTES he begged, pleaded, and even complimented the officers. All to no avail. They still applied pressure to the point he began to vomit. Then EMT’s gave him a shot of ketamine (sedative) because he was determined to be “agitated”. Who wouldn’t be? Then to make matters worse, the dose he was given was for a 220 LB. man. Elijah weighed 140 lbs. This lead to him going into cardiac arrest not once, but twice before later being declared brain dead.

Final Thoughts

I am sadden, I am heartbroken, and I have shed tears for this young man that did not deserve what has happened to him. I’ve seen pictures and watched the video where he was filled with happiness while indeed wearing layers of clothing as friends and family described. I also can’t help but to wonder again, how many others we still have not heard about. Especially when Elijahs life was taken almost a year ago and we are just now hearing about it. WE NEED JUSTICE FOR ELIJAH NOW!

One thought on “Blog: Justice For Elijah McClain

  1. I cannot even begin to voice my frustration when I ran into this story. I ran into pictures and then the video and I cried as well. I am a person who can feel things beyond physical presence, but when I watched the video of Elijah…I could feel his warm presence. I smiled, but I cried because I think about the many beautiful souls that are being killed for what exactly, their skin color!
    I cannot count how many of these stories I run across and it’s the same story and the same shit. I have cried for them all, I have prayed for their families and hope for justice. This pain is great for all their families, but being an African American we mourn them as well. We feel that pain because we look just like them. My heart hurts for Elijah. I have an uncle named Elijah, that could have been him.
    I’ll never stop pushing for justice for all the lives lost and change within our justice system. It really is a sickness and something has to change, my heart and being feels the agony of our brothers and sisters and the hate in this world daily. I always say silent prayers for every foot that leaves my house to return safely. RIP Elijah…💜

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