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Paramedic involved in Elijah McClain’s ketamine injection case spared jail time

Former paramedic Jeremy Cooper avoided prison and received probation after being found guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the death of Elijah McClain, a Black man. Cooper injected McClain with ketamine after he was forcibly restrained by police in 2019. McClain’s mother blamed all present that night for his death. The convictions in this case were rare and seen as a result of the reckoning over racist policing following George Floyd’s murder. Experts believe the heightened awareness of racial injustice in policing led to these convictions. Since McClain’s death, changes have been made in how suspects are treated by police and paramedics.


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