Riot Police Confront Peaceful Violin Vigil For Elijah McClain With Pepper Spray
Chris Hayes: "People congregated to pay tribute to him, to call for accountability for his death, and to play their violins in his honor. And then Aurora police basically recreated the dynamic of McClain's death." Aired on 6/29/2020.
Elijah McClain was walking home last August from an Aurora, Colorado convenience store when police confronted him after a 911 call for being "suspicious." The 23-year-old's death has sparked outrage worldwide. The officers involved have been moved to non-enforcement duties and an investigation is underway. As the nation looks ahead in seeking justice for Elijah McClain, David Gura takes a look back on McClain's life from the people who were close to him. McClain died last August after a police encounter when he was walking home. Ohio protests for George Floyd turned violent after demonstrators smashed windows at the Ohio Statehouse and police sprayed protesters with pepper spray. Colorado's governor says the state will reexamine the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain, who died after being stopped and placed in a chokehold by Aurora police last August. His story is one of numerous police incidents across the U.S. prompting demands for justice and new investigations.