The Colorado police officers who shot and killed a teen this summer while he was running away from them will not be charged with a crime, a report said Wednesday.
A grand jury in Colorado Springs unanimously concluded that cops were justified in killing 19-year-old De’Von Bailey, who was armed with a handgun, in August shooting, the Denver Post reported.
The decision was announced by the local district attorney, who told reporters the case “was a horrible tragedy for our community.”
The officers who shot Bailey responded to the scene on Aug. 3 after receiving a report of a suspect with a gun in the area.
The cops asked Bailey and another man to hold their hands above their waists so they could check them for weapons, body camera footage of the incident shows.
As one of the officers approached Bailey from behind to search him, he sprinted off, the video shows. The cops chased after him, repeatedly yelling for Bailey to get his hands up.
They then opened fire, hitting Bailey in the back. Bailey collapsed at the scene and the officers searched him, discovering the handgun tucked in his shorts, the video shows.
The killing touched off protests across the state over the summer as the video of the shooting drew national headlines.
A lawyer for the Bailey family said his relatives were “extremely disappointed” with the grand jury decision, the Denver Post reported.
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