Sheneen McClain, the mother of Elijah McClain, took to Instagram to express her feelings and expectations as she waits for a jury verdict in the case against two paramedics involved in her son’s death. Sheneen said that she has no expectations and is prepared for any outcome. She plans to camp out at the courthouse until a decision is reached.
Elijah McClain was injected with ketamine by the paramedics in 2019 before his tragic demise. The jury will determine whether the paramedics, Peter Cichuniec and Jeremy Cooper, should be convicted on charges of criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter, and assault. Both paramedics have pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Sheneen McClain hopes for justice and believes that it would be “nice if they found every one of those guilty.” In a heartfelt video, she expressed her exhaustion from the constant media attention and her desire for a better future. Unfortunately, she fears that this day may never come.
The case has sparked discussions about the actions of medical professionals, including paramedics and nurses, and their duty of care towards patients. Some believe that the verdict in this case could set a precedent and impact how healthcare workers approach their jobs.
During the trial, it was revealed that the paramedics injected Elijah McClain with ketamine because they believed he was experiencing “excited delirium.” However, this term is controversial and has been rejected by many in the medical community as a valid diagnosis. Body-camera footage showed that Elijah was handcuffed and restrained by police officers at the time of the injection.
The prosecution argued that Elijah was not exhibiting signs of excited delirium and was instead responding to the police officers and expressing pain. They accused the paramedics of negligence and recklessness for not providing immediate medical attention. The defense argued that the paramedics were following their training and protocols and did not intend to harm Elijah.
The verdict in this case will have significant implications for the paramedics involved and could influence how medical professionals handle similar situations in the future. As the trial nears its conclusion, Sheneen McClain continues to wait for justice for her son.