Paramedic jailed for death of Black man during arrest |

Mar2,2024



Los Angeles: One of two paramedics who injected a young man Black Man with ketamine He was jailed for five years on Friday after he was detained by US police.
Peter Cichuniak was convicted in December of criminally negligent homicide and unlawful administration of prescription drugs over the death of 23-year-old unarmed Elijah McClain, who died days after a struggle with police in Colorado.
he had a heart attack to arrest In the ambulance moments after his forced arrest.
The episode unfolded in August 2019 when Aurora city police responded to a report of a “suspicious” black male on the street acting “strange” and wearing a ski mask.
McClain's family later told the media that he went to buy iced tea and often wore a mask to stay warm because he suffered from anemia.
One officer said McClain, who was unarmed, had reached for another officer's gun. No evidence was presented to support this claim.
They grappled with him and while they were restraining him Cichuniak and fellow paramedic Jeremy Cooper injected him with ketamine.
During the trial, attorneys for the paramedics argued that their clients had followed protocols in administering medication approved in Colorado for people in an “agitated state.”
Prosecutors countered that he ignored his training in handling crisis patients.
Before his sentencing Friday, Cichuniak said he was “really sorry” for the loss of Shehen McClain's son's life.
According to CBS News, he said, “I wish I could tell Ms. McClain that Eliza is going to be OK.” “But I can't.”
He further said, “We can't save everyone. I wish my mind could forget the things my eyes have seen in the last 18 years.” “Eliza will always be on my mind along with everyone else.”
McClain's death came just months before the May 2020 killing of another Black man, George Floyd, in Minneapolis, but it drew renewed attention as protests against police brutality grew.
A celebrity-backed campaign led to a special investigation which ultimately convicted three police officers along with two paramedics.
Two police officers were acquitted, while the third was jailed for 14 months in January.
Cooper, the other paramedic, who pleaded guilty along with Ciechuniak in December, will be sentenced in April.



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