COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers touted the city's accolades over the past year Thursday during his annual State of the City address, but a few protesters inside the banquet hall stood up and shouted their grievances following the recent police shooting of 19-year-old De'Von Bailey.
The State of the City address was held at The Broadmoor, and supporters of Bailey were seen outside passing out flyers demanding more action in the shooting investigation.
Bailey was shot on Aug. 3 after running from Colorado Springs police officers following a report of an armed robbery. Bailey was shot four times and died at the hospital shortly after being taken into custody by the officers. The incident has prompted numerous protests in the city, with supporters and Bailey family attorneys calling for an independent investigation outside of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office's investigation into the shooting.
Suthers discussed several points of growth in Colorado Springs and pointed to the city's designation as one of the best places to live in the U.S.
But in the middle of the speech, at least three protesters shouted in support of an independent investigation into the Bailey shooting, with one woman shouting for 4th Judicial District Attorney Dan May to recuse himself. The protesters were all removed from the luncheon, but others continued to shout in the hallway and outside.
They chanted, "killer cops off the streets" and "no justice, no peace."
Police and Broadmoor staff escorted them out the front door and off the property.
City Spokesperson Kim Melchor said that Suthers would not be available for media interviews following the State of the City address, breaking recent tradition of the mayor making himself available for further questions.
During his speech, he did address the scrutiny the department is facing right now.
Suthers said, "as we saw again last month in our city, those decisions can have fatal consequences, and they should be subject to scrutiny to determine if the officers acted in accordance with state and federal law and department policy, but ladies and gentleman our police officers, just like everyone else should have the benefit of due process."
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