iStock/z1bBY: BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(AURORA, Colorado) — A Colorado city has put a temporary ban on the use of ketamine by first responders more than a year after the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man who was placed in a chokehold by a police officer and given a dose of the powerful sedative.The Aurora City Council voted unanimously on Monday night to put a moratorium on the use of ketamine at least until an independent investigation into McClain’s death is completed.“It’s only right to suspend the use of it until if and when it is determined to be safe,” Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman said at the city council meeting.McClain’s 2019 death in Aurora became one in a series of flashpoints in a national reckoning over racism and police brutality after officials released police body camera video that showed officers stopping him on a street and the situation quickly escalating.Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has appointed a special prosecutor to reinvestigate McClain’s death and file charges if “the facts support prosecution.”In July, the Aurora City Council unanimously passed a resolution allowing for an “independent, unbiased” investigation into McClain’s death. The Colorado Department of Public Health also has opened an investigation into the use of ketamine.McClain, a gifted violinist, was walking home from a store on Aug. 24, 2019, after buying iced tea when a police dispatcher received a 911 call at 10:30 p.m. reporting a man wearing a ski mask on a warm night acting “sketchy,” according to an audio recording of the call released by the Aurora Police Department. The caller told the dispatcher that the man, later identified as McClain, “might be a good person or a bad person” and stated no weapons were involved and that no one was in danger.Officers responded to the scene and repeatedly yelled out for McClain, who was listening to music, to stop. According to the body camera footage, three officers approached McClain and one immediately put his hands on him, saying, “Stop tensing up.” McClain replied, “Let go of me.” He told the police he was “just going home” and told the officer “I am an introvert.”The officers took McClain to the ground and placed him in a carotid control hold — an arm was placed around his neck, restricting the flow of blood to the brain from the carotid arteries, according to a letter from Dave Young, the district attorney for Adams and Broomfield Counties, to then-Aurora Police Chief Nicholas Metz. McClain, who was placed in handcuffs, is seen in the footage on the ground and vomiting after officers forcefully restrained him.Paramedics were called to the scene as McClain, according to the letter, remained combative and possibly suffered from a condition known as excited delirium. In an apparent attempt to calm McClain down, paramedics gave him a shot of ketamine, commonly used by medical practitioners and veterinarians as an anesthetic.Once placed in an ambulance, McClain went into cardiac arrest, according to police. He died several days later at a hospital.Mari Newman, an attorney for McClain’s family, alleged in a July interview with ABC News that paramedics gave McClain an “excessive dose” of ketamine.An autopsy conducted by the Adams County Coroner’s Office could not determine the cause or manner of McClain’s death. The autopsy found a “therapeutic level” of ketamine in McClain’s blood, but the coroner could not rule out whether the sedative produced an unanticipated side effect that contributed to the death.While Young said McClain’s death “was both tragic and unnecessary,” he declined to file criminal charges against the officers, saying, “In order to prove any form of homicide in the State of Colorado it is mandatory that the prosecution prove that the accused caused the death of the victim.”“Based on the facts and evidence of this investigation,” Young added, “I cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers involved in this incident were not justified in their actions based on what they knew at the time.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
David Moyes insists his Manchester United recruitment drive remains on track despite missing out on Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara. United had been heavily linked with the Spain Under-21 star, who seemed certain to join the Red Devils after deciding he needed to leave the Nou Camp in order to further his World Cup ambitions. Instead, Thiago’s former boss Pep Guardiola has stepped in, with the player now looking certain to join Bayern Munich. Despite the disappointment, Moyes remains resolute in his squad-building strategy. “I never said at any time he was,” said Moyes, when asked if the Spain Under-21 star remained a target. “There are people we are actively chasing and we are happy with the way things are going.” It does appear Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay has agreed to join United though, with reports claiming a transfer is imminent, although there has been no official word from either club. Moyes has his first match to focus on, against Singha All Stars on Saturday, although the subject of a departed player, Wayne Rooney, remains high on the agenda, much to the Scot’s frustration. Rooney may be back home in England, his pre-season tour ended after less than 24 hours with a grade one hamstring tear that will keep him on the sidelines for up to three weeks, but the questions about his future keep on coming. In the latest instance the trigger was a comment from Jose Mourinho, who landed in Bangkok on Friday and took even less time than Rooney was in the country to make his presence felt. Whilst, declared Jose, it was not proper to talk about the player of another club, neither was he prepared to stay silent. “You know me,” said Mourinho. “It is not in my character to speak to you with a little bit of hypocrisy. I always say what I think and, being fast and direct, I like him very much.” Moyes was weary of repeating himself over Rooney. “Unless I was speaking double Dutch, I have said ‘Wayne Rooney is not for sale’,” he said. “I have really covered all the things on Wayne.” Press Association
When Forward Madison FC began to play this past spring, they officially became Madison’s first-ever professional soccer club. Playing their home games at Breese Stevens Field, they have drawn hordes of fans for just about every game, leading the league in average attendance per game.Considering Forward Madison’s high attendance rates, it is clear that the team means a lot to the local community and soccer culture in the area.The team’s fan club — the Flock — turns out in large groups to every home game and even some road games. They also host watch parties at local Madison bars for every road game and major announcements during the offseason.Forward Madison FC: Flamingos mount comeback victory against Orlando City, look ahead to home openerThe Forward Madison FC Flamingos (1-2-0) mounted an impressive comeback victory against Orlando City B (0-3-1) Friday night in the Read…The team’s promotions are also perhaps the most unique of any American professional sports team, including games with special ticket deals involving watermelons, bowling, and even Naturdays — the unofficial drink of broke college students.They also recently hosted a game themed around “The Office” television show, where they managed to get Leslie David Baker (who played the character “Stanley”) to make a special appearance and sold soft pretzels and crossword puzzles as a promotion.Along with their regular-season USL-League One schedule, Forward Madison made appearances in several scrimmage games and even a tournament this season. Included in these scrimmage match-ups are two games against the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team.In an early-season match back in April, the Flamingos defeated the Badgers by a score of 2–0 on one of the first warm days of 2019. That was also the first game played at Breese Stevens Field this year, and it included Wisconsin alumni Carl Schneider on the field for Forward Madison.“I’ve been playing at Breese my whole life and I’ve never seen it so rowdy,” Schneider said. “The Flock was amazing. The songs they were singing, I had them stuck in my head at halftime.”Forward Madison FC: UW alumnus looks to be hometown favorite as new inducteeUniversity of Wisconsin soccer alumnus Carl Schneider is the newest signee of Forward Madison FC, Madison’s first ever professional soccer Read…Throughout the season, several star players have emerged, starting with forward Don Smart. Smart earned the mid-season USL League One MVP award while scoring seven goals to go along with four assists to this point, both of which are good enough for top-10 in the league.Smart’s signing was the first for Forward Madison late last year, making him an obvious choice as a leader for the squad. Smart is undersized for a forward but uses his speed to create scoring opportunities for both himself and his teammates.Smart is obviously a fan-favorite player for the Flamingos, but what separates Smart from the rest is that he reciprocates that feeling for the fans and the city of Madison.“I love this weather and I love the fans,” Smart said after a game early in the season. “You can’t get any better.”Along with Smart, forwards Paulo Júnior and Josiel Nùñez have contributed in a big way to the sixth-place Forward Madison club. They’ve combined for seven goals and eight assists, while also being tied for third in the league in chances created with 38 opportunities each.Forward Madison FC Head Coach Daryl Shore offers insight, optimism on inaugural seasonDaryl Shore, the head coach of Forward Madison FC, the new professional soccer team that calls Madison its home, is Read…Altogether, these players have contributed to a surging Forward Madison team, who went from ninth place in the standings up to a fourth-place spot, putting them right on the cusp of making the playoffs.In a league with just ten teams, only the top four make the playoffs, and the Flamingos are right there knocking on the door. Thanks to a recent streak where the team won three straight, they are tied for fourth-place with only a few games left in the season.“Yeah definitely, we just gotta keep the momentum, you know keep grinding with the team and you know, just keep the same spirit and just keep going and we play like this, you know, day in and day out, you know, I guarantee a win every single day,” Smart said of the streak.With only a handful of games left, Forward Madison must prove their strength as the season comes to an end. Nearly all these games are against teams currently in playoff position, meaning the Flamingos control their own destiny as they attempt to earn a playoff spot in their inaugural season.If you haven’t gone to a Forward Madison FC game yet, you should definitely check it out if you can! Even when the team doesn’t win, the atmosphere of the games makes it worth the trip, even warranting some attention from the players. Head over to Breese Stevens Field or forwardmadisonfc.com to buy tickets today!
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisApril is National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. A Pinwheel Garden was planted in front of the Alcona County Courthouse in Harrisville. Here’s more on that story.It’s April 1st, and April Fools Day, but when it comes to child abuse, and neglect that’s no joke. Members of CANPAC, and Child and Family Services of Northeast Michigan planted a Pinwheel Garden in recognition of Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.CANPAC is a statewide group that promotes positive ways to prevent child abuse and neglect. Members of the organization said the pinwheels are a way to make people become more aware that abuse and neglect actually happens.“People need to be aware that it’s happening in the community, in this community, in every community. It’s not isolated, it’s not down below, it’s right here. We need to be paying attention to our children, and we need to be looking at them. We need to see if families are struggling. We can easily see if we’re looking, if we’re aware,” Meg Nisbet of Child and Family Services said.Coordinator of the 2nd annual event, Tamara Quick said there are many positive ways people can help a child that has been a victim of abuse or neglect.“We can help our neighbors, we can reach out to single parents, especially single moms; we can offer to baby–sit, or take them a meal. We can donate food to the food pantries, to the backpack program, which sends food home for children on weekends so they have enough food for them to eat. I mean this is a real concern for our county. Mentoring a young teenager that’s pregnant, that’s another need. There’s also the mops program is available as well. There’s many things people can do…they can also donate, and contact CANPAC through the Northeast Community Partnership in Alpena, and that number is 989–356–2880,” Quick said.Quick adds that poverty is the number one reason many children fall victim to abuse and neglect.“People are often afraid of talking about it (abuse) or uncomfortable with it. It is happening here, and we know that poverty is the number one indicator as well of child abuse and neglect,” she revealed.When it comes to this touchy subject, you can make a difference if you know the signs.“The obvious signs would be marks or bruises. If people notice that, they should contact a professional if they’re not comfortable reporting that. There is a DHHS number to that too if you need to report that. Or if you see how a child is treated in public that might make you uncomfortable. I think we all play a role in children’s healthy development, we all need to step up and we all need to be involved,” Quick finished.In Harrisville, for WBKB News, I’m Star Connor.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Child Abuse, Child Abuse and Neglect Awareness Month, Child Abuse and Neglect Month, Neglect, Pinwheel GardenContinue ReadingPrevious Students ‘Take a Bite Out of Spring Break’ Learning About SharksNext Dollar General Stores Growing Throughout Northeast Michigan