September 01, 2021

Neguse Responds to Indictments Against Aurora Police Officers and Paramedics in Elijah McClain Case

Lafayette, CO— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse released the following statement in response to Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser’s announcement that three Aurora police officers and two paramedics will face criminal charges in the Elijah McClain case.

“The tragic death of Elijah McClain was devastating for so many in the Colorado community. While accountability for those involved in his death cannot bring him back, such justice is critical to provide healing for his family and the community, ” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “I am grateful to Attorney General Weiser for his work to seek the truth and further the rule of law. While the prosecution for Elijah’s death continues, we also must work to change our laws and ensure a tragedy like this one never happens again. We’ve introduced the Ketamine Restriction Act to federally ban the use of ketamine during arrest or detention for precisely this reason.”

In June, Congressman Neguse
 introduced legislation to ban the use of ketamine during arrest and detention, except for in a hospital setting. The Ketamine Restriction Act follows the lead of Colorado state legislation recently passed in the state legislature.

Congressman Neguse is also an original cosponsor of the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act, police reform legislation which passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year.