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Neighbors cry foul after memorial to De’Von Bailey removed

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - It was more than four months ago that De'Von Bailey was fatally shot by police officers while running away from a weapons search -- but a longstanding memorial to Bailey at the shooting site was dismantled Friday by code enforcement escorted by Colorado Springs police officers.

We received video from a KRDO viewer Friday that shows code enforcement sweeping up the area near Preuss Road where the memorial was set up by Adams Park. That's where Bailey was shot while fleeing from the officers on Aug. 3.

The two officers were cleared by a grand jury investigation, which found the shooting justified because officers had information that Bailey may have committed an armed robbery and the officers saw him reach for an item in his waistband, which later turned out to be a gun.

The incident prompted backlash and protests in the city in the weeks following the shooting, but those protests quieted significantly after the release of body camera footage showing the incident. The memorial was established by neighbors and family members.

Friday, neighbors reached out to KRDO with concerns about how the memorial was dismantled.

One officer is heard on camera telling a woman, "There wasn't anything of value there."

The woman claims the memorial had personal effects left by the family, in addition to crosses and candles.

In response, the officer says the memorial was on "private property." According to the property map provided by Colorado Springs, it's not exactly clear if the memorial was on a public easement or if it was on property owned by District 11.

Lieutenant Jim Sokolik added that CSPD had received complaints about alcohol and narcotics scattered throughout the makeshift shrine, prompting the removal.

The memorial did have a section of road that was spraypainted with support messages for Bailey. That isn't allowed, per city code, and those messages were covered up Friday by code enforcement.

But just minutes after code enforcement left the area, people returned to the memorial site and spray painted new messages on the street.

A new message is written Friday after a memorial to De'Von Bailey was removed and covered.

We reached out to the department for comment on the incident, and a spokesperson confirmed that officers and a sergeant went with a code enforcement officer to the area for a cleanup.

Colorado Springs / Local News

Andrew McMillan

Andrew is the Digital Content Director for KRDO.com. Learn more about Andrew here.

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  1. “The incident prompted backlash and protests in the city in the weeks following the shooting, but those protests quieted significantly after the release of body camera footage showing the incident.”
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    A good demonstration of the value of body cam recordings. If you try to pull a gun on cops, you should expect to be shot.

    1. The problem is her never pulled a gun on officers. If you actually watch the video, you would see for yourself. In fact if you have been following this story closely, you’d know the person who called law enforcement and claimed to be “robbed” actually made a false statement, hence the reason charges were dropped against the other individual. Now a family has to mourn the death of a son, brother, friend. On top of everything else read the comments from folks who said he deserved what he got.

      1. If everything you say is true, especially if no robbery, why in the heck did he run? His sidekick didn’t and he breathing mountain air right now….
        The king notes, Simon says was and is an excellent tool for learning ….

  2. They need to be arrested for spray painting the city streets. If someone was to spray paint a building or anything else they would be arrested. These people are not above the law. Take it down and cover the street again, if they keep doing them arrest them and keep removing it. If the man would have not ran from or had a gun or have been a criminal in the 1st place this would not be happening. Teach your children to be responsible people.

  3. Yeah as trash as COS is getting…idiotic parking, unmowed lawns..abandoned houses/ property that look like Detroit…garbage strewn EVERYWHERE..it’s too

    1. Bad that THIS is what the City is worried about…go build more bike lanes that screw up parking and driving and let people mourn how they need to…jerka.

      1. Some cats mourn in different ways mouse, some even want revenge, and some light candles and hold teddy bears… Nothing wrong with more bike Lanes mouse, the king would rather see more bikes then automobiles.

  4. Some cats mourn in different ways mouse, some even want revenge, and some light candles and hold teddy bears… Nothing wrong with more bike Lanes mouse, the king would rather see more bikes then automobiles.

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