Photo: Elijah | By Kevin Vaughan, 9News, Denver | Jury selection is scheduled to start Friday for two of the first responders indicted in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain, who was tackled, subdued and drugged as he walked on an Aurora street after reports he was acting suspicious.

Suspended Aurora police officer Randy Roedema, 41, and former officer Jason Rosenblatt, 34, each face charges of reckless manslaughter and second-degree assault.

If convicted of the assault charge, the more serious of the two counts they each face, the sentence could range from probation on the low end to a maximum of 16 years in prison.

The situation began Aug. 24, 2019 with a 911 call from a man concerned that McClain, 23, was wearing a mask.

“He seems sketchy,” the man said.

The first officers who responded confronted McClain – who was breaking no laws – took him to the ground, and restrained him during a struggle. Later, paramedics who responded to the scene injected him with ketamine, a sedative.

McClain’s heart stopped, and he died three days later.
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Elijah McClain case: Charges reduced for 2 officers in McClain’s death

One Aurora Police officer and one former officer charged in the death of Elijah McClain have had their charges modified.

By Aaron Adelson, Richard Cote, Facebook / Twitter

AURORA, Colo. — Two officers who are charged in the death of Elijah McClain had their charges reduced by the Colorado Attorney General’s Office on Friday, according to court records.

Former Aurora Police Officer Jason Rosenblatt and current Officer Randy Roedema had sentence enhancing charges dismissed by the Attorney General’s Office, records show. The enhancements only affect a possible sentence for the 2nd-degree assault charges, 9NEWS legal analyst Scott Robinson explained.
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