Kawanee writes of the death of Elijah McClain.
10:30 p.m. on August 24, 2019, Elijah McClain left his house to go to a convenience store to get something ice tea for his brother. He was 23 years old and on his way home, listening to music as he walked. Unbeknownst to him someone called the police to report a suspicious man in a ski mask waving his hands around.
Hewas a massage therapist who is said to have loved animals and who taught himself to play the guitar and the violin. A photograph of Mr. McClain playing the violin for stray cats, which he believed helped soothe them, has gone viral. Sheneen McClain says her son was always introverted. She said he’d channel his shy nature by expressing himself through art.
While he was detained, Mr. McClain was clearly in distress. After officers restrained him on the ground, he vomited several times, for which he apologized, saying, “I’m sorry…
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