COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Following the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old man by Colorado Springs police officers, protesters are calling on the department and the El Paso County Sheriff's Office to release body camera footage of the event.
A rally was held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Police Operations Center, 702 S. Nevada Ave. Bailey's supporters gathered for a press conference regarding the shooting. Among the speakers were local pastors, Bailey's parents, Senate candidate Stephany Rose Spaulding, and the Baileys' attorneys.
Bailey was shot by responding CSPD officers on Aug. 3 near Memorial Park. Part of the shooting was caught on a neighbor's surveillance video, but it doesn't show the entire event.
CSPD says Bailey was a suspect in an armed robbery, and that's why police were pursuing him. Few other details have been released about the incident. The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating the fatal shooting and hasn't given information, citing the "open investigation." Bailey's family and their attorney are also calling for an independent investigation.
Bailey's family says "there is absolutely nothing which prevents the City from releasing the videos from the body cams, dash cams, or any other video depictions of the events of August 3."
Historically, CSPD rarely releases their video footage; many of KRDO's own Colorado Open Records Act requests to the department for body camera footage have been denied on the basis of "open investigations." Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers showed his support for releasing the footage, but officials say it won't be available until the investigation is complete.
Darold Killmer, an attorney for the Bailey family, said they aren't overly optimistic that the state Attorney General's Office or federal investigators will get involved. He said the family wants more transparency and would ask Mayor Suthers, "How is it that in a circumstance such as this, the officers are trained to shoot someone who's fleeing and not a threat to their safety?"
Killmer said he hopes more investigation will be released this week and said the officers' names will be released eventually, but he lamented that the investigation could be prolonged.
"This is the problem with the lack of transparency," Killmer said. "Sometimes the investigation drags its feet for weeks or months ... and people think it must be thorough, but it's not. The shades have been pulled down the window, and nothing's being done; then, they pull up the shades and the officers have been exonerated."
In the aftermath of the shooting, several protests have taken place. One of those protests was broken up by police after two bail bond agents unaffiliated with the family went to the protest and drew guns.
We'll have more on this story tonight on KRDO NewsChannel 13.
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As the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the fatal officer-involved shooting of a 19-year-old man in Colorado Springs, new surveillance video is giving us a look at when De’Von Bailey was shot.
Bailey's death hasn't sat well with many people and led to protests and a brief riot in downtown Colorado Springs. Police say Bailey is the suspect of an armed robbery, and that's why police encountered him.
On Wednesday, NewsChannel 13 was able to get a copy of a neighbor's surveillance video from last Saturday showing the tail end of the shooting.
When watching the video, you can see Bailey run into the frame before dropping to the ground. Police then approach him and appear to put him in cuffs. Seconds later, they start performing life-saving measures.
The lady who gave us the video did not want to be identified, but she says she witnessed the ending of it and described what she saw and heard.
“I heard the gentleman that was laying on the ground say, 'You didn’t have to do that.' And then the police officer said, 'But you ran.' Then I saw him turn over, cuff him and then turn him back over. That’s when the officer said I need a med bag or a med pack,” said the witness.
She also said she heard multiple gunshots, “I thought I heard five and I know my husband said he heard seven. But I can only tell you what I heard.”
And just a minute before this unfolded, in the surveillance video you can see kids walking from the park, something that this witness was very concerned about.
“So yeah, there are kids up here at any given time. There are about 20 kids in the park.”
This case is still very much under investigation, and we will keep you updated.
Editor's Note: Due to News-Press & Gazette policy, KRDO is not posting the full surveillance video.