Jeremy Cooper and Peter Cichuniec

Aurora, Colorado, Fire Department paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Lt. Peter Cichuniec are charged with manslaughter, negligent homicide and several counts each of assault, all felonies, for their role in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain. McClain had been stopped and put into a neck hold by police that left him weakened when the paramedics arrived and injected him with the powerful sedative ketamine. The 23-year-old Black man went into cardiac arrest on his way to the hospital and was pronounced dead three days later. Experts say 'It’s exceedingly rare for EMS providers to be charged criminally related to providing inpatient care. That is normally a medical malpractice issue, a negligent case which is civil, and it’s rarely criminal. This breaks new ground'.