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Justice for Elijah McClain

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Elijah McClain was a 23-year-old black man that was killed while walking home after picking up an iced tea for his brother from a convenience store in Aurora, Colorado.

Elijah wore an open-face ski mask because he had anemia and would sometimes get cold. This led to someone calling 911 about a “suspicious person” and police were dispatched to the scene.

Although he was unarmed and just listening to music, he was tackled to the ground with force…

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⚠️WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES⚠️ PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FOLLOWERS TO DEMAND JUSTICE FOR ELIJAH AND FOLLOW @justiceforelijahmcclain FOR UPDATES! Slide 1: Elijah in hospital following the police attack Slide 2: Elijah’s last words, spoken as police tortured him/held him in a carotid chokehold Slides 3-5: what happened to Elijah Slide 6: Elijah playing the violin for cats at the pet shop next door on his lunch break. He believed the music put them at ease Slide 7: Elijah’s birthday party Slide 8: Artwork to demand justice for Elijah Slide 9: painting of Elijah with his favorite things Slide 10: A call for you to use your social media platform to bring awareness to his case! From @_a.b.r.a I recently saw this first video on Twitter along with a few words about Elijah who was murdered by AURORA POLICE in August 2019, and since then I haven’t been able to get him and his case out of my mind. It’s so obvious from this video that Elijah was a sweet, gentle, innocent soul with a personality that radiates positive energy. When I started to read more about him, this became even more clear. He was a massage therapist and a self-taught violinist. Friends and family described him as “a spiritual seeker, pacifist, oddball, vegetarian, athlete, and peacemaker who was exceedingly gentle”. Every person who dies at the hands of police deserves justice, whether they are a great person or a terrible one. But the fact that Elijah was seemingly an angel on earth who wouldn’t even hurt a fly (this is actually something he TOLD officers as they attacked him) makes his case extra heartbreaking. Your voice matters: Elijah’s case didn’t get much publicity for the first 8 months after his death, but now people are finally talking about it. Because of this, progress is being made. Police departments are making new rules and a new investigation is being launched for Elijah. But we cannot stop talking about Elijah, and others who suffered a similar fate, until justice is served and the system is changed, please share Elijah’s story with your followers & tag people, celebrities & influencers who need to see it NOW! #justiceforelijah #blacklivesmatter #karmagawa

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One officer accused Elijah of reaching for his gun and another officer put Elijah in a carotid hold — which involves applying pressure to a person’s neck to block blood from flowing to the brain.

Elijah panicked, asking why he was being arrested and explained to them that he was just trying to turn his music down so he could listen to them. He also told them that he couldn’t breathe and vomited multiple times.

Even during the struggle, Elijah exuded a positive energy — asking the officers to forgive him and telling them they were beautiful and even phenomenal.

Officers then called the fire department and recommended Elijah be sedated with a tranquilizer … but the medic injected him with enough of the drug for a 220-pound man, while Elijah only weighed 140 pounds.

Elijah went into cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital and was resuscitated but died after being taken off life support.

Charges against the officers were dropped by District Attorney Dave Young and the case hasn’t gotten much publicity for the first eight months.

Now that the country is paying attention to this type of injustice, Elijah’s story has a chance to be heard … and at Karmagawa, we want to help spread the word.

Please follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more important updates, and make sure to share the information with your family and loved ones so that they can also stay aware.

What do you think about Elijah McClain’s story? Leave a comment below.

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