Federal prosecutors find no civil rights violations in police shooting of De’Von Bailey
Federal prosecutors found that Colorado Springs police officers did not criminally violate De’Von Bailey‘s civil rights when they fatally shot the 19-year-old in the back, the office of the U.S. Attorney for Colorado announced Friday.
The FBI investigated the shooting and sent its findings to the prosecutors’ office, which found the officers did not willfully violate Bailey’s rights to be free from unreasonable force and search. Prosecutors will not file federal criminal charges against the officers.
“Both offices concluded that the fatal shooting of Mr. Bailey, although undoubtedly devastating to his family, friends, and community, did not result from any willful violation of Mr. Bailey’s constitutional rights,” according to a news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for Colorado.
The finding by federal officials follows a ruling by an El Paso County grand jury in November that the officers’ actions were justifed.
Sgt. Alan Van’t Land and Officer Blake Evenson shot and killed Bailey on Aug. 3 after responding to a report of an attempted armed robbery. The officers stopped Bailey and his cousin as potential suspects. Bailey ran when the officers tried to search him for a weapon, and the officers shot the teen because they said he reached toward his waistband and they feared he had a gun.
Bailey died at the scene. His cousin was charged in connection to the attempted robbery, but a jury acquitted the teen of the two misdemeanors he faced after less than 10 minutes of deliberation.
Both officers told investigators that they did not see a gun on Bailey before they shot him, but that they believed he had one and feared he would fire it.