This week Sherri Shepherd has joined the chorus of those gutted after finding out about the tragic story of Elijah McClain‘s death.
The 23-year-old Black man was killed by police officers in Aurora, Colo. last summer. His story began to resurface on social media over the last few days this amid the ongoing protests against police brutality and calls for justice for the deaths of Black people whose stories never received the media attention they deserved.
Thursday, the former The View co-host posted a video of her emotional reaction to the story which for many reasons struck a chord with her personally.
“My son is like Elijah,” she began, explaining why McClain’s death hit home in such a visceral way. “I’m a Black mother and I have a child.”
As a visibly shaken Shepherd begins to cry she continues, “Elijah died because nobody got to know the beauty… These cops, you didn’t take the time to see what Elijah just said. That he was different, and he was murdered. Why? All we want is to know that our child will be able to go to the store and get some ice tea and come back home.”
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My son Jeffrey has some of the same characteristics as Elijah McClain, a young man who at 23 years young , was murdered by police (who still have their jobs) after being put in a chokehold and administered ketamine: The cops were called bc he looked suspicious (Elijah was wearing a ski mask to help w his anemia and also it helped him w his social anxiety). Elijah was just a beautifully, sweet young man who loved playing the violin for kittens at the animal shelter to make them feel better. Elijah tried to tell the police he was an introvert and was different but they didn’t care… before he died he said (amongst other things) “Forgive mr all I was trying to do is become better”… I am a mother of a black boy. As I kiss my son goodnight, I cry with anguish in my soul. Because soon Jeffrey, who loves the WWE and making people laugh will be out walking wearing his hoodie, (bc it calms his nervous system). What will people think or do to my Baby just bc his skin is brown? We must get justice for Elijah McClain – please send me the link and I will post #sayhisname #elijahmcclain #justiceforelijahmcclain #jesus
“The cops were called bc he looked suspicious (Elijah was wearing a ski mask to help w his anemia and also it helped him w his social anxiety),” she captioned her post, in part. “Elijah was just a beautifully, sweet young man who loved playing the violin for kittens at the animal shelter to make them feel better. Elijah tried to tell the police he was an introvert and was different but they didn’t care.”
McClain was walking in Aurora on the night of Aug. 24, 2019, when a 911 caller reported a “suspicious” person in a ski mask who was “acting weird.”
You can check out a visual explanation of what lead to his death below.
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