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Colorado Springs City council meeting flooded with De'von Bailey supporters

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Tuesday's Colorado Springs city council meeting was packed full of De'Von Bailey supporters.

Bailey was the 19-year-old shot and killed by police in July. Police released body camera footage that appears to show Bailey holding something in his shorts while running away from police officers following a report of an armed robbery. The two officers opened fire, and they found what appeared to be a gun in his shorts after he fell to the ground.

His death has sparked controversy among the community, many whom have called for an independent investigation outside of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and the 4th Judicially District Attorney's Office.

Many of the people who attended the meeting echoed the request.

"We are asking for an independent investigation. It's a simple thing to give us," said one woman.

Testimony from the community was set to begin at about 10:30 a.m. and ended just after noon.

Council President Richard Skorman says there will be a brief recess for lunch but the council expects to hear from everyone no matter "how long it takes."

He was among the council members who didn't comment on the topic at hand.

Councilman Bill Murray who represents the city at-large was one of two members who did speak up.

"I will promise you that I will re-engage," said Murray. "I will ask for a citizen review committee and an independent investigation."

Councilman David Geislinger representing District 2 also commented. 

"There are issues obviously of race that need to be addressed that need to be opened up," said Geislinger.

Mayor John Suthers sat in the audience and listened to the testimony.

One man yelled in his direction, "I'm here to remind you, Mayor John Suthers, no one here is a political ploy."

Suthers didn't make any comment after the meeting but later tweeted in part, "as for calls for an independent investigation, as the Mayor, I do not have the authority to take the case from the elected DA. I also have no reason to urge it, as there is no legal or ethical conflict of interest that I am aware of."

His final tweet in the thread said, "I would point out that the FBI and DOJ have jurisdiction to review the matter and it's my understanding that they are doing so."

Colorado's law says the district attorney is the only person who can call for an independent investigation.

The 4th Judicial District Attorney's office has had the case in their hands for a few weeks, but said it could be a few months before they make a decision.


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