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Paramedic who administered fatal ketamine overdose to Elijah McClain avoids prison time

A former paramedic who injected Elijah McClain with a sedative was sentenced to 14 months in jail, work release, and probation following the Black man’s death in 2019. The paramedic, Jeremy Cooper, was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide. Cooper avoided prison time but lost his job. Another paramedic received a more severe punishment. McClain’s death and subsequent trials sparked protests over racial injustice and systemic racism in police custody cases. This case represents a shift towards holding first responders accountable for their actions and reevaluating the use of sedatives and restraints in policing.


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