Elijah McClain, a Black 23-year-old massage therapist, was walking home from a gas station on Aug. 24, 2019. Officers had received a 911 call that someone “suspicious” wearing a ski mask was waving their arms to music.
When police arrived and saw McClain, they eventually put McClain in a 15-minute choke hold. McClain died in the hospital three days later.
According to Chaos + Comrades, McClain was wearing a ski mask because he was anemic and protecting himself from the cold. Black people, men especially, have spoken out about the dangers of wearing any mask as a Black person because it puts them at risk of being labelled “suspicious,” increasing the likelihood of a deadly confrontation with police. “The first assumption wasn’t these areRead more on themighty.com