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Indictment of Paramedics in Elijah McClain’s Death Is First of Its Kind, Experts Say

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The case could carry implications for the entire emergency medical profession.
In this June 27, 2020, file photo, demonstrators carry a giant placard during a rally and march over the death of Elijah McClain outside the police department in Aurora, Colo.

Officers, Paramedics Charged in Elijah McClain’s Death

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Three suburban Denver police officers and two paramedics were indicted on manslaughter and other charges in the death of Elijah McClain.
FILE - In this July 25, 2018, file photo, is a vial of ketamine, which is normally stored in a locked cabinet, in Chicago.

CO Law Limiting Ketamine Use Signed into Law

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The death of Aurora's Elijah McClain spurred national calls for restrictions on first responders' use of chemical restraints. His death also led to a new Colorado state law.
FILE - In this July 25, 2018, file photo, is a vial of ketamine, which is normally stored in a locked cabinet, in Chicago.

How Would CO Regulate Ketamine Administration?

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Lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that would place restrictions on the use of ketamine by paramedics outside of hospitals.
FILE - In this July 25, 2018, file photo, is a vial of ketamine, which is normally stored in a locked cabinet, in Chicago.

Deaths Resulting from Ketamine Injection Rare, Study Indicates

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Patient death resulting from out-of-hospital ketamine administration is exceedingly rare, according to a new study released today.
The photo shows two Hennepin EMS employees.

Hennepin Healthcare (MN) Workers Demand Hospital Reduce Use of ‘Medical Force’ on Patients

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Staff at Hennepin Healthcare say the hospital system too often resorts to sedating, secluding and physically restraining patients.
FILE - In this July 25, 2018, file photo, is a vial of ketamine, which is normally stored in a locked cabinet, in Chicago.

CO House Passes Chemical-Restraint Bill

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Colorado Democrats effort to substantially limit first responders' use of ketamine and other chemical restraints passed the House on Friday.
In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, two people hold posters showing images depicting Elijah McClain during a candlelight vigil for McClain outside the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.

City Investigation Faults Police, Paramedics in Death of Elijah McClain

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The report suggested policy should be changed so paramedics prioritize patient safety rather than act as an “arm” of the police department.
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Longmont (CO) Public Safety Stops Ketamine Use

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Longmont Public Safety officials shed light on its own use of force policies and what they are doing differently.
FILE - In this July 25, 2018, file photo, is a vial of ketamine, which is normally stored in a locked cabinet, in Chicago.

CO Man Sues Over Ketamine Use During 2020 Police Encounter

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A man who says he was given the powerful sedative ketamine against his will during a 2020 encounter with Lakewood police sued the officers, paramedics, medical providers and others involved with the incident.