Gov. Jared Polis does not plan to call for an independent investigation into the officer-involved shooting of De’Von Bailey in Colorado Springs, according to a statement sent to CPR News.
A recent grand jury investigation into the Aug. 3 shooting ruled that the police were justified. Bailey, 19, was shot to death as he fled from officers during an investigation into an armed robbery. Officers said Bailey was shot after he “reached for a firearm.”
Previous coverage of the De'Von Bailey shooting:
- El Paso County Grand Jury Heard From Officers, Expert, Before Calling De’Von Bailey Shooting Justified
- Grand Jury Rules Colorado Springs Police Were Justified In The Shooting Of De’Von Bailey
- Family Calls For Independent Investigation Into Fatal Police Shooting Of De’Von Bailey
- Gov. Polis Calls For Independent Investigation Into De’Von Bailey’s Death; Colorado Springs Mayor Says The Move Is ‘Politically Motivated’
A spokesperson in the governor’s office said at this point an independent investigation would only cause more pain.
“Now that the Grand Jury has concluded, the Governor wants to ensure that our state supports the Bailey family and the community as they heal and recover,” the statement said.
The governor’s office called for a process to ensure public trust in law enforcement and to help law enforcement officials serve their communities.
This is a developing story and will be updated.