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Elijah McClains father reacts to indictments in his sons death: Better late than never – CNN

“These indictments here in Colorado serve not just as a reminder to the law enforcement officers here but across the entire country that they are not above the law,” Mari Newman, an attorney for McClain’s family, told CNN’s Kate Bolduan Thursday.

In 2019, the Adams County District Attorney declined to bring criminal charges, but the case gained more attention last June amid a nationwide reckoning over racial injustice after the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

The indictment detailed the moments leading to McClain’s death, after officers received a call about a person wearing a face mask. McClain, who was walking home from a convenience store, was asked to stop by the officers but “continued to walk peacefully down the sidewalk,” the indictment states.

Officers tried to physically restrain McClain, the indictment states, leading to a struggle. In video recorded by body cameras, McClain, who had earbuds in his ears, is heard telling the officers he was trying to stop his music so he could listen to them.

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