Thursday, August 15, 2019

Officer-involved shooting update: Police release body cam footage

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click to enlarge A group gathers in front of City Hall Aug. 5 to protest the shooting death of De'Von Bailey. - FAITH MILLER
  • Faith Miller
  • A group gathers in front of City Hall Aug. 5 to protest the shooting death of De'Von Bailey.

The Colorado Springs Police Department has released the body cam footage from officers involved in the Aug. 3 shooting of De'Von Bailey. WARNING: Graphic material.

CSPD OIS August 3 2019 from COS Police Department on Vimeo.

—————-UPDATE TUESDAY, AUG. 13—————

The Colorado Springs Police Department and El Paso County Sheriff's Office have committed to releasing the body-worn camera footage by the end of the week, in the following joint statement from Aug. 9 (emphasis added):
Following the Sheriff’s Office’s announcement on the pending conclusion of its investigation in the Devon Bailey case next week, CSPD anticipates releasing body worn camera footage from two responding officers at that time. The footage scheduled for release captured the moments leading up to, including and immediately following the shooting. As the releasing authority, CSPD has committed to releasing the footage only at such a time when it will not jeopardize or compromise the investigative or judicial process. We thank the community for its patience as we work through the process required to effectively investigate an officer-involved shooting.

New developments emerged in the death of De'Von Bailey, a black teenager shot by at least one Colorado Springs Police Department officer Aug. 3.

Mayor John Suthers released the following statement Aug. 6 (emphasis added):
The City of Colorado Springs and CSPD recognize the concerns of many citizens of our community following the officer-involved shooting of Devon Bailey on Saturday night. It is in the best interest of everyone involved, and our entire community, to ensure that the incident is fully and effectively investigated and an appropriate conclusion is reached. We know that there can be frustration with the time this takes, but we cannot compromise the investigation by failing to spend the appropriate time gathering the facts; that would serve no one.

We pledge that the City and CSPD will work cooperatively and diligently with the investigating agency, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, to ensure a thorough evaluation of the evidence, and there is a robust process in place to accomplish this. The evidence gathered by the EPSO will be provided to the district attorney who will review the evidence and apply the Colorado law regarding use of force by police officers. The DA can decide whether or not to bring charges or refer the matter to a Grand Jury to make the determination. If the DA decides not to charge an officer with criminal conduct, he is required by law to issue a public report explaining his findings. A Grand Jury, in its discretion, can issue a report concerning its decision.

A credible investigation and charging decision takes time and I ask the community to exercise patience as we allow the investigative and judicial process to work.

On Aug. 7, the Gazette published surveillance video that appears to show the shooting. In the video, a black man is seen running away from two white officers before he collapses and slumps forward.

A third officer picks up an unknown object from the ground and takes it to Bailey.

While the officers were reportedly wearing body cameras, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office will not release body-worn camera footage at this time, nor is it the agency that will release the footage, says Natalie Sosa, a sheriff's office spokesperson.

"Once we complete our investigation, we turn those findings over to the district attorney's office," Sosa says.

After the DA makes a decision about the officer-involved shooting, the police department could decide to release the body-worn camera footage, says Lt. James Sokolik, a police department spokesperson.

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