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Grand jury to decide Colorado Springs police shooting

October 4, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A grand jury will decide whether two Colorado police officers were justified in killing a teenager running away from them.

Prosecutors in Colorado Springs announced Friday that they were referring the shooting of 19-year-old De’Von Bailey to a grand jury rather than making a decision themselves based on the sheriff office’s investigation.

Body camera footage shows Bailey running away as he and another man are about to be searched during an investigation of an armed robbery Aug. 3.

Officers say they found a gun in Bailey’s pants.

Bailey’s family has said prosecutors work too closely with law enforcement to be objective and asked for an independent prosecutor. Family lawyer Mari (Mahr’-ee) Newman told The Gazette that the decision came “too late” and is concerned prosecutors are too reliant on police in presenting evidence to jurors.