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Elijah McClain was a massage therapist who 'wanted to heal' others, his mother says

June 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Elijah McClain was confronted by police last August while returning from a convenience store.

It was there that Elijah McClain died last August after a confrontation with Aurora police officers.

McClain resisted officer contact, the police report says, and a struggle ensued.

On one of the officers' body cameras, McClain is heard saying, "I'm an introvert, please respect the boundaries that I am speaking. "

An officer placed McClain in a chokehold and he briefly lost consciousness, according to an overview of the incident provided by police.

There was no official determination as to how McClain died, and Adams County District Attorney Dave Young told CNN last week that was a major factor in not prosecuting the case.

Sheneen McClain wanted to share photos of her son in the hospital in the aftermath of his confrontation with police because, Newman said, people ought to look the horrors of racism right in the eye.

Crickets," Newman, the McClain family attorney, told CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday.

All three came off when the officers tackled McClain, and at three different times in the video, people were told to remove or turn off the cameras, she said.

Interim Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson said the community was reeling from McClain's death, who she said "was not only a beloved son, brother and friend, but also a valued member of our community. "

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