A report on the autopsy of Elijah McClain’s must be released to the public unredacted, according to an order by Denver District Court Chief Judge Christopher J. Baumann.
News organizations, led by CPR News, filed a lawsuit on Sept. 1 arguing for the release of the amended autopsy report. The Adams County Coroner denied the request last month, because the autopsy was amended following grand jury testimony, which is not public record.
McClain, a 23-year-old Black man, died after Aurora Police forcibly restrained him on Aug. 24, 2019, and paramedics injected him with Ketamine, a powerful sedative. McClain had done nothing illegal, but a 911 caller said he McClain “looked sketchy” and was wearing a ski mask.