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Family of De'Von Bailey: Police video of teen's fatal shooting was misleading

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Posted at 5:29 PM, Aug 21, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The family of De'Von Bailey and their supporters say the video of the teen's fatal shooting by a police officer that was released by officials last week was misleading.

A news release from the family's attorney on Wednesday called for police officials to release "the entire unedited record" of the shooting and again called for an independent investigation into the teen's killing.

The Bailey family and supporters are planning a news conference and rally at the Colorado Springs city hall for 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The news release said the Colorado Springs Police Department "promoted its own narrative by splicing together parts of 9-1-1 and dispatch tapes, a video manipulated to mislead the viewer," the news release said.

Bailey, 19, was shot by officers on Aug. 3, after police had responded to a report of a robbery in a Colorado Springs neighborhood. Two officers arrived and found Bailey and another man and told the two that they matched the description of the robbery suspects.

As one officer approached Bailey to search for a weapon, Bailey took off running. The officers then fired at least eight shots at Bailey as he ran away, striking him three times in the lower back and once in the arm.

He was taken to a hospital, where he died.

The edited video released by police last week included bodycam footage of the officers' interactions with Bailey and the other man and 911 audio from the person who reported the robbery.

Watch the full video released by Colorado Springs police last week:

Full video from Colorado Springs Police Department shows shooting of De'Von Bailey

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The bodycam footage included vantage points from two officers and showed the moments before the shooting, as the officers questioned Bailey and the other man, and then the shooting. Both videos ended as officers tended to Bailey's wounds on the ground.

Additional surveillance video of the shooting, obtained by Denver7, showed medical personnel continuing to tend to Bailey and perform CPR.

In the video file released by police officials, they included the same bodycam footage of the incident, with a transcription of the officers' conversation with Bailey and the other man. That version of the video also included several freeze frames as Bailey began to run away from the officers.

"The video they have released so far was given in an edited ‘documentary’ or short film form with partial information and slowed frames," Rev. Promise Lee, a community leader, said in the news release. "We asked for complete information and RAW footage."

The two officers who fired shots at Bailey were Sgt. Alan Vant'Land and officer Blake Evenson. The officers were placed on administrative leave after the shooting, but both were back on duty last week, after the El Paso County Sheriff's Office completed its investigation and submitted its findings to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's office.

The district attorney's office said it was reviewing the case and that officer-involved shooting investigations typically take up to 90-120 days.

The Bailey family has called for an independent review of the shooting, asking the sheriff's office and the district attorney's office to recuse themselves from the investigation. The sheriff's office typically investigates shootings involving Colorado Springs police, and vice versa.