Colorado officers who shot black teenager won’t be charged
A grand jury found that two Colorado police officers were justified in killing a black teenager who was shot multiple times in the back during a foot chase
A grand jury found that two Colorado police officers were justified in killing a black teenager who was shot multiple times in the back during a foot chase, the district attorney said Wednesday.
As a result, no criminal charges will be filed against the officers involved in the Aug. 3 death of De’Von Bailey in Colorado Springs, KRDO reported, citing El Paso County District Attorney Dan May.
Bailey, 19, was shot three times in the back and once in the arm.
In Colorado, district attorneys can decide to file charges, send a case to a grand jury or determine police were justified in a shooting.
Police body camera footage shows officers talking to Bailey and another man in a neighborhood about an armed robbery that was reported nearby. One officer ordered the men to keep their hands up so another officer could search them for weapons.
Bailey ran as he was about to be searched and was shot after he put his hands near his waistband. The footage shows him falling to the ground and the officers running up to cuff his hands behind his back.
Police said they found a gun hidden in Bailey’s shorts.
Bailey’s family, as well as Gov. Jared Polis and Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers, called for an independent review after the shooting.
“Our nation is grappling with difficult challenges concerning race and how we treat one another,” Polis said in late August.
Information from: KRDO-TV, http://www.krdo.com/
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