‘Elijah McClain Was Murdered’ trends, Internet seeks justice and calls cops 'monsters abusing the weak'
A petition on Change.org demanding justice for McClain has received 2,448,423 signatures and counting
The 23-year-old black man Elijah McClain is another victim of police brutality, whose tragic death stirred up a storm among hundreds and thousands who have taken to social media to demand action against the “killer” cops who claimed an innocent life.
While the petition started a few days ago on Change.org demanding justice for McClain has received 2,448,423 signatures and counting, a significant number of people have started the new trend #ElijahMcClainWasMurdered on Twitter after the bodycam footage showing three cops attacking McClain started circulating on the Internet.
In the video, McClain is heard saying, “I can’t breathe. I have my ID right here. My name is Elijah McClain. That’s my house. I was just going home. I’m an introvert. I’m just different. That’s all. I’m so sorry. I have no gun. I don’t do that stuff. I don’t do any fighting. Why are you attacking me? I don’t even kill flies. I don’t eat meat. I’m a vegetarian. I don’t judge people for anything.”
Towards the end, he’s heard saying while struggling to breathe, “I wasn’t trying to do that. I just can’t breathe correctly” before his voice starts to fade away. The latest news reports also suggest that that the paramedic administered an already unconscious McClain with Ketamine. He died six days after the incident occurred.
As disturbing details surrounding McClain’s death have come to light, Internet users furious with the police’s ill-treatment of yet another innocent black man, are flooding Twitter with posts and comments seeking justice for McClain.
One angry Twitter user expressed, "I'm trying not to be angry. I’m trying not to hate, but stories like this and his voice...It’s really hard to love people when there are so many monsters abusing the weak. #ElijahMcClainWasMurdered @DenverPolice Fire them! Jail them now!"
"Elijah McClain was a beautiful, gentle, introverted soul who played violin for stray cats. He was unarmed when cops attacked him for no good reason and MURDERED HIM OVER A YEAR AGO. He deserves justice. Say his name. #ElijahMcClainWasMurdered," wrote another.
Meanwhile, another Twitter user noted that the cops always get away with the heinous crimes owing to their power and influence and need to be taken action against before more lives are lost. "No more hiding and “fear for your life", lies and excuses. The bodycam footage shows 3 murderers abusing a gentle 140lb man. There have to be consequences for actions no matter who you are. read one tweet.