Jeremy Cooper

Aurora, Colorado, Fire Department paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Lt. Peter Cichuniec were charged with manslaughter, negligent homicide and several counts each of assault, all felonies, for their role in the 2019 death of Elijah McClain. Both Cooper and Cichuniec were found guilty of criminally negligent homicide. Cichuniec was also found guilty on one of two second-degree assault charges. Cooper was found not guilty on the assault charges. 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 said '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'.