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Sept. 2, 2021: Impact Of Indictments In McClain Case; Family Fights To Flee Afghanistan

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In this June 27, 2020, file photo, demonstrators carry a giant placard during a rally and march over the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain outside the police department in Aurora, Colo. A drug called ketamine that’s injected as a sedative during arrests has drawn new scrutiny since a young Black man named Elijah McClain died in suburban Denver. An analysis by The Associated Press of policies on ketamine and cases where it was used nationwide uncovered a lack of police training, conflicting medical standards and nonexistent protocols that have resulted in hospitalizations and even deaths.

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With the indictment of five officers and paramedics in the death of Elijah McClain, we check in with a state lawmaker who championed police reform. Then, perspective from CPR justice reporter Allison Sherry. Later, an Afghan woman who fled to Colorado fights to get her siblings out of Kabul. Plus, Purplish tours Colorado’s possible new 8th District.