One Officer Convicted and Another Acquitted in Elijah McClain Death

A Colorado jury split its decision in the 2019 death of a young, unarmed Black man, convicting one police officer but acquitting the other on Thursday afternoon, in a case that drew national attention after the murder of George Floyd.

Emergency medical workers, including the police and paramedics, placed the 23-year-old man, Elijah McClain, in a carotid chokehold and injected him with a powerful sedative. He died in the hospital several days later.

A mostly white jury of seven men and five women deliberated for just over two days following the nearly three-week trial. The men were tried together, but the jury found one officer, Randy Roedema, guilty of criminally negligent homicide and assault, and found the other, Jason Rosenblatt, not guilty.

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