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Elijah McClain’s family settles lawsuit with Aurora, Colorado, over police confrontation

The mother of Elijah McClain, a Black man who died days after a violent confrontation with police in 2019, has settled her federal civil rights lawsuit against Aurora, Colorado, her attorneys said Monday.

No additional details available about the settlement in Sheneen McClain’s lawsuit. Her attorneys, Qusair Mohamedbhai, Siddhartha H. Rathod, Loren M. Brown and Daniel A. Wartell, said only that “allocation of the proceeds” between Sheneen McClain and Elijah McClain’s father, Lawayne Mosley, were being determined.

A city spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for information. The city confirmed the settlement to NBC affiliate KUSA of Denver.

The suit alleged that the city, three police officers, two paramedics and the medical director of Aurora Fire Rescue violated McClain’s civil rights when a chokehold was used during the confrontation and he was injected with ketamine.

McClain, 23, was subjected to “brutal force” and then sedated for a dubious medical condition called “excited delirium,” the suit said.

“Elijah was listening to music, enjoying the short walk home from the corner store with some iced tea when Aurora police officers grabbed, tackled, and assaulted him,” the lawsuit said of the confrontation on Aug. 24, 2019.

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