Sheneen McClain, Elijah’s mother, did not speak to reporters after the trial concluded, but left the courtroom with a raised fist.
Two of the three police officers accused of charges relating to the death in custody of Elijah McClain have been found not guilty after the jury in Nathan Woodyard’s trial returned a not guilty verdict on Nov. 6.
According to the Associated Press, Sheneen McClain, Elijah’s mother, did not speak to reporters after the trial concluded but left the courtroom with a raised fist. Someone who accompanied McClain told The AP that the verdict was “pathetic” and said the verdict was another signifier that the justice system in America is not changing anytime soon.
“I think she understands, and she recognizes that if she can feel, she can fight. This fight is not over for Sheneen McClain. She is going to turn this pain into promise and into progress.”
Of course, they let that cop go, the one who killed #ElijahMcClain for no reason. I’m sure he’ll kill somebody else Black soon enough.— Jericho Brown (@jerichobrown) November 7, 2023
For now, at least, supporters of McClain’s fight for justice can take some comfort in the fact that a third officer was convicted, albeit on lesser charges of negligent homicide and third-degree assault. Later in November, two paramedics from the Aurora Fire Department are also slated to stand trial. Phil Weiser, Colorado’s attorney general, told reporters outside of the courtroom that his office would continue to seek justice for the McClain family.
“At this moment, I’m thinking about Sheneen McClain, who has fought hard to keep her son’s memory alive and to live on a blessing,” Weiser said. “No mother should go through what she has gone through.”
Woodyard, unlike the other officers, testified during his trial and said that he applied a technique known as a carotid control hold, which is a type of hold that applies pressure to the sides of a person’s neck to briefly render them unconscious. The hold, at the time of McClain’s arrest, was legal but has since been outlawed.
Source: Black Enterprise