Officers, paramedics charged in McClain’s death in court

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FILE – In this June 27, 2020, file photo, demonstrators carry a giant placard during a rally and march over the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain outside the police department in Aurora, Colo. Three police officers and two paramedics indicted on manslaughter and other charges in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain appeared in court for the first time Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, since being charged.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

DENVER (AP) — Three police officers and two paramedics indicted on manslaughter and other charges in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain in Colorado have made their first appearances in court since being charged.

Officers Randy Roedema, Nathan Woodyard and Jason Rosenblatt and fire department paramedic Jeremy Cooper and fire Lt. Peter Cichuniec each took turns standing briefly before a judge Monday.

Each waived a reading of the charges and penalties they face and none were asked to speak.

McClain’s mother watched from the gallery with her lawyers.

McClain was a 23-year-old Black man who died after being put into a chokehold and injected by a powerful sedative.

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