Colorado policeman avoids criminal responsibility for shooting a black suspect in the back
The judicial system continues to bury itself, revealing the details of the killing of civilians by the hands of the police after the officers are no longer criminalized. On Wednesday, the jury of Colorado Springs declared innocent the officer who shot three times in the back of a runaway black teenager.
The incident occurred in early August. A police officer stops two blacks and reports that an armed robbery is registered in the area and that two detainees fit the description.
The video from the body camera shows that when he tried to search De’Von Bailey, he escaped. The footage captures the last minutes of Bailey’s life, it is also clearly visible that he didn’t have a weapon in his hands, he did not try to get it and send it towards the officers, despite the absence of a threat to the life of the police, they shot several times at the escaping suspect.
He was immediately handcuffed and taken to the nearest hospital, where he later died. Without trial and without investigation, a "fit description", a black teenager, was killed. Forensic experts identified four gunshot wounds in the body of the deceased, three of them were in the back and another wound was on the arm. At the time of death, De’Von Bailey was 19 years old.
Family attorney Mari Newman noted the bias of the prosecutor and the deliberate covering-up of the police officer.
“This is the exact result that the system was designed to yield when a tainted investigation is presented by a biased prosecutor. This is precisely why we have been calling for an independent prosecutor and an independent investigation from the beginning,” Newman said, according to AP.
According to the investigation, during the search, the suspect was already shot four times, the officers identified weapons. Thus, the jury, based on the intuition of the officer, dropped all charges against him.