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Former Paramedic Peter Cichuniec Sentenced To Five Years Over Elijah McClain's Death 

Peter Cichuniec, a paramedic in #Colorado, was sentenced to five years in prison for his involvement in the 2019 death of #ElijahMcClain. McClain's death, a young Black man whose case further pushed conversations regarding the use of force by police, led to a rare criminal prosecution of emergency medical personnel. Cichuniec was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and second-degree assault for administering drugs unlawfully. 

This case, along with prosecutions of other officers and paramedics, raised concerns among emergency workers nationwide about the potential criminalization of their decisions. Randy Roedema, a former police officer, received a 14-month sentence earlier, while another paramedic, Jeremy Cooper, awaits sentencing.

During the trial, testimonies portrayed Cichuniec as compassionate and dedicated, profoundly affected by McClain's death. However, McClain's mother characterized her son's death as avoidable murder, criticizing the paramedics for not intervening. 

The lenient sentencing in this case represents a significant shift from the usual protection from criminal prosecution afforded to emergency workers. It indicates a recognition of the potential culpability of paramedics in incidents involving police use of force.

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Link: NYTimes 


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