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U.S. Attorney’s Office to not pursue criminal charges against CSPD officer involved shooting

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Posted at 2:54 PM, Mar 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-27 16:54:25-04

DENVER — According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI Denver, the U.S. Attorney’s Office will not pursue criminal charges against the two Colorado Springs police officers that shot and killed Devon Bailey on August 3, 2019.

Both offices reviewed the facts and circumstances surrounding the shooting and concluded that "he 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."

The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have notified Mr. Bailey’s family of their conclusion and are arranging a private meeting with them.

Back in November the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office announced the grand jury found the officers were legally justified in the fatal shooting.

The Bailey family attorney, Mari Newman, offered the following statement after the grand jury decision was announced.

"We are not one bit surprised. This is the exact outcome you would expect when you have a tainted investigation presented by a biased prosecutor. This is the precise reason we’ve been calling for an independent prosecutor from the beginning. When the system refuses to police themselves, citizens need to stand up for their constitutional rights."

CSPD Chief Vince Niski also released a letter to the community following the grand jury decision. You can see that statement here. You can also find it listed above with the other images and video.

"There is no doubt that the community of Colorado Springs has been tested over the last few month. What happened on August 3, 2019, is something neither police officers nor citizens want to experience. The loss of a son, a friend, a community member, is a devastating event that impacts all of us." - Colorado Springs Police Chief Vince Niski.