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Jury selection continues Tuesday for former, suspended Aurora police officers in Elijah McClain death

Jury selection begins for trial of officers charged in Elijah McClain's death
Jury selection begins for trial of officers charged in Elijah McClain's death 02:05

Jury selection will continue Tuesday in the trial for one suspended and one former Aurora police officer in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain. Jason Rosenblatt and Randy Rodema are the first of five first responders to go on trial. 

Elijah McClain Arraignment
Former Aurora officer Jason Rosenblatt, left, and Aurora Police Officer Randy Roedema, right, during an arraignment in the Adams County district court at the Adams County Justice Center January 20, 2023. Aurora Police officers Nathan Woodyard, Randy Roedema and former officer Jason Rosenblatt along with paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Lt. Peter Cichuniec were indicted by a Colorado state grand jury in 2021 on 32 combined accounts related to Elijah McClain's arrest and death in August 2019. Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

At the Adams County Courthouse in Brighton, a pool of 250 people received summonses to be whittled down to 12 jurors and two alternates. 

Legal analyst Raj Chohan said, "The prosecution is going to want to seat a jury that is racially diverse, a mix of young people with age range and life experiences like the victim in this case."

Elijah McClain was walking home four years ago when police were called about a suspicious person wearing a ski mask. 

After asking McClain to stop, the two officers and one other wrestled McClain to the ground using a hold designed to restrict blood flow to the brain. 

Paramedics, also charged, were called in and administered a sedative called ketamine. McClain lost consciousness, was hospitalized and died several days later.  

Elijah McClain McClain family

Lawyers for the defendants will be carefully scrutinizing the prospective jurors with different criteria. 

Chohan noted, "The defense, in a normal criminal case, is going to want a jury that doesn't trust police officers. In this particular case, they want the jury that trusts and respects police officers."

This case has received widespread publicity, and even if potential jurors have heard about it, that doesn't block them from serving on the panel unless their mind is already made up. 

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