Philip Weiser is opening a grand jury investigation into the death of McCain, 23, who was killed while in custody in Colorado in 2019.
Colorado Attorney General Philip Weiser summons grand jury to investigate 2019 death of unarmed black man Elijah mcclain, according to reports.
Public outcry has grown as details emerged after McClain’s death following a police strangulation in suburban Denver in 2019.
McClain, 23, was walking alone on a street in the Denver suburb of Aurora in August 2019 when he was arrested by three police officers on the basis of a report that he was “suspicious”, triggering the fatal encounter.
Three officers in Aurora, the suburb where the death occurred, including one involved in the meeting with McClain, have been fired. Another resigned in July 2020 for photos that mocked the neck grab used on McClain on August 24, 2019.
“Our investigation will be thorough, guided by the facts and the law, and worthy of the public’s confidence. In order to maintain the fairness and integrity of the process, we have no further comments at this time, ”Weiser said in a statement.
Weiser’s decision comes after months of protests demanding a change in policing and police violence, especially against the black community.