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Neighbors react to De’Von Bailey protest in their neighborhood

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- On the one year anniversary of DeVon Bailey's death, more than 50 protestors marched to the home of one of the Colorado Springs police officers involved in the shooting. They were calling for him to be fired.

On Tuesday, KRDO heard from neighbors who witnessed it all and quickly found themselves involved, even if they did not want to be.

One neighbor, Bobby Cox, said “It was supposed to be a peaceful march and it seemed to be peaceful.”

While Dion Elmore, another neighbor, added, “Yeah, they kept to the street and they kept peaceful. I mean they did what they came there to do, they got their point across.”

In what is normally a quiet neighborhood here on Pulpit Rock Drive quickly transformed into people marching and chanting demanding justice for the death of De'Von Bailey. Bobby Cox, who lives on this road said he and his wife were warned in advance but were still nervous not knowing what could happen.

“You hear all these things, see all these things on tv, it’s a little scary. At our age, we don’t want to be confronting anybody or anything like that. There wasn’t anything like that going on,” said Cox.

So to prepare, Cox says he and his wife secured their home as best as they could and stayed inside.

Cox said, “Flower pots, and things out. If something was loose they might pick up, you never know but they never came in the yard or anything like that.”

As for Dion Elmore who also lives in the area, he said he 100% supports the right for peaceful assembly, however, there were a few moments that made him nervous.

“The only thing that was a little concerning was the number of those 50-60 people that were carrying AR-15s that was a little intimidating so it was almost like an intimidation tactic,” said Elmore.

There was at least one confrontation between the armed protesters and several drivers in pickup trucks who were blocked by the crowd. After a tense few minutes, the armed protesters moved out of the way and let the drivers through. One of the drivers retrieved a rifle and stood guard in his driveway while he called police.

Ultimately, both Cox and Elmore were pleased to say that the people protesting respected their property and mostly kept in the street.

We also reached out to CSPD to see if any arrests were made last night and they said none have been made at this time. We will be sure to keep you updated.

Watch a replay of the protest below. Warning: Explicit language is present:

Colorado Springs / Local News

Kolby Crossley

Kolby is a reporter for Good Morning Colorado. Learn more about Kolby here.

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22 Comments

  1. See scumbags, if you work hard you can live in a nice neighborhood. Must have been nice to get out of the ghetto and see a yard with no broke down Caprices!
    He was a criminal, find a better cause. Why aren’t you out protesting the killers of the innocent? black on black crime is the real issues. Raise your kids right! Over 70% of black babies born out of wedlock! Protest that fact!
    Stay out of peoples neighborhoods

  2. I do not believe for one second that people in that community were so accepting of these protesters/terrorists.
    …..
    My reaction besides being armed by a window would have been, why the helll did not the police break this illegal protest up. The last I checked blocking public streets and interfering with people trying to drive on those streets is illegal.
    …….
    These people came armed and were ready for a fight and saw they could get away with terrorizig a neighborhood.
    ….
    Next time maybe a few hardcore instigators will be in the mix and start throwing Molotov cocktails at homes overwhelming the fire departments, protesters shooting at people is a possibility, they came armed. Maybe then the police will do there jobs or will they have to wait for permission from a cop hating committee that the city council has approved.
    …..
    I and many many many others do not support these trouble makers, many of who are probaly not even aware that known Marxist terroists are behind the BLM and ANTIFA MArxist movements. Look up Marxist BLM organizers Susan Rosenberg and Melina Abdullah, to name a couple.

    1. A couple of questions then,

      Do you support our 1st Amendment of free speech?
      I am not asking if you agree with why they are expressing their 1st Amendment rights to free speech, I am asking do support America’s 1st Amendment right to free speech?

      Do you support our 2nd Amendment of the right to bear arms?
      I am not asking if you agree with why they are expressing their 2nd Amendment rights to bear arms, I am asking do support America’s 2nd Amendment right to bear arms?

      How is utilizing our Democratic system that was put in place to protect everyone’s rights to accessing and using our free speech and our right to bear arms Marxist?

      Or is it that you simply disagree with what they are marching for because your views differ from theirs, and you feel you have the right to stifle and squelch their rights, because you don’t agree.
      Just because your opinion(s) differs from why this group is marching, does not mean that anyone has the right to block or mute their Constitutional rights.

      It is always great when it is you using the system, but when you disagree, you still have to play by the same rule-book that you play by, as they say,
      “What is good for the goose, is also good for the gander.”
      You don’t have to agree with the message, but you should agree that they have the right to exercise their Constitutional rights to free speech and to bear arms.

      1. When you are sober, or off drugs, read my post again because your questions are clearly not appropriate for what I said.
        ……
        I think you are just a Marxist democrap who hates America, is a white hating racist, want to destroy America, its history and culture.
        …..
        Blm and ANTIFA are nation wide movements organized by MARXIST’s on a mission to destroy America…. They use the pretense of being out for justice but riot, loot, burn, destroy, murder and injure people in cities all across America.
        ……
        You filthy POS MARXIST’s fool no one, you want to break the law and be free of consequences, FO.

        1. Yup, sober and off drugs. Seemed like my questions were exactly on point and were appropriate regarding what you said. Nope I am not a Marxist, nor a Democrat, and I love my country, personally I don’t see race as a basis of deciding if I am speaking to a upstanding person or a less than reputable person their personality characteristics do that for them, and I believe that if we don’t study our history, we are doomed to repeat it.

          I am not here to debate your beliefs on what is or is not Marxist. Again, that is your opinion, and as I stated everyone has their right to their opinion, regardless of if someone else agrees with it or not.

          What I do find obtuse is that you failed to answer the two initial questions I asked? See the questions I asked were non-leading, follow-up questions. Meaning there was no wrong answer, because they were your answers. What seems to have gotten in the way from answering even those 2 simple questions were your rhetoric of fear-mongering and attempting to guide people down you road of “Your” beliefs , but your theory couldn’t handle the first person coming along and punching holes in your theories. Sorry. Logic and facts win the day again.

          1. YAWN…. Save you MARXIST BS for someone else councilor, you keep trying to throw me curve balls that are wild and I am not swinging.

            NEVER VOTE FOR A MARXIST DEMOCRAP, THEY ARE ON A MISSION TO DESTROY AMERICA.

            TRUMP 2020!!! …….. MAGA1!!

      2. Your right to free speech ends when you block my ability to move freely. Your right to free whatever ends when you get in my face and yell. Your right to free WTF ends when you invade my personal property.

        My right to use my right to own and bear arms starts the second I have to defend my property and family from idiots that think their rights have bearing over mine.

        1. For the most part, you are right Gary. I would say you should research the Colorado Revised Statutes regarding personal defense and the “Make my Day” Law, as well as legal definitions of personal property and personal space. But yes, under normal conditions where LEO have allowed protesters to utilize a street, they do have the right to use that roadway. I Never personally understood this because someone usually overreacts and doesn’t just walk away, but yes, if you have someone that gets in your face, you have the right to walk away and call LEO, not to attack them because they got in your face but never touched you. Personal Property not equal to personal space. Before attempting to defending your property, I highly recommend reading the laws regarding what you can and cannot do.

    1. Menacing
      (1) A person commits the crime of menacing if, by any threat or physical action, he or she knowingly places or attempts to place another person in fear of imminent serious bodily injury. Menacing is a class 3 misdemeanor, but, it is a class 5 felony if committed:

      (a) By the use of a deadly weapon or any article used or fashioned in a manner to cause a person to reasonably believe that the article is a deadly weapon; or

      (b) By the person representing verbally or otherwise that he or she is armed with a deadly weapon.

      A peaceful armed protest does not rise to the level of meeting the elements of menacing.
      impeding a roadway however…
      possibly depending upon ordinance, a failure to obtain a proper permit for lawful assembly.

  3. I just watched the excellent video of the details with the mass of insurgents. I am so disappointed with CSPD just sitting in their vehicle watching as two vehicles were blocked in the street. WHY is there no enforcement? WHY put citizens at greater risk??? Until AFTER the shots are fired? What happened to LE’s “proactive policing”?

    1. Because the governor of this state, who wants it to emulate California where he came from acceded to a board with “volunteers” to manage law enforcement in this state. Can you figure out who volunteered and who was selected for that board? LEOs are not allowed to do their jobs anymore so they don’t venture into a situation until they absolutely have to.

    2. The governor killed proactive policing. Did you read the anti-police bill he signed in June? Go read it and you’ll understand why the police are now reactive.

    3. Police have always been reactive. We are not in the Tom Cruise movie, Minority Report. A crime has to be committed in order for LEO’s to act. But one must also have common sense. did they obstruct the roadway? Yes. But you must also consider LEO’s position, they committed 1 minor crime, if we (Law Enforcement) go and issue them a citation, will this action escalate or deescalate the situation. Getting this many people to walk on a sidewalk, what is the chances that some property owner overreacts and starts escalating with the people on the sidewalk? There is a myriad of reasons why this was handled the way it was, and I have to commend the officers that were on scene for their candor.

      1. Before someone comes in and attempts to educate me about the “is committing, has committed, or is about to commit” a crime perspective, I do regard that is about to commit is an option. I also was attempting to avoid this rabbit-hole, as having actionable intelligence that a court would sign off on, is very difficult, and often times comes in too late to act at that moment. Usually, in my experience, this only occurred after another crime was already committed.
        Scenarios like, someone stole a car, and then was using that car to commit gas station robberies. Peaceful, armed Protesters walking down a neighborhood street just doesn’t raise to that level.

          1. Isn’t the initialism, MAGA, Make America Great Again? If Trump has been in office for approximately 3 1/2 years, why are you still using the word again?

            Are you admitting he didn’t do a good job during the first 3 1/2 years, and agree he needs another 4 years to live up to trying to Make America Great Again?

          2. Don’t listen to Cain, it is a daily struggle to correct what that turd did to the US for 8 years and the Dems for longer than that.
            Everything the President has done and is trying to do is attacked and stopped by dirty judges. We can see that. He has been attacked from day one. Isn’t the Dems stated NUMBER ONE GOAL is to STOP TRUMP and prevent him from being re-elected? Not the country or the citizens. They never do anything that benefits the country, they just play games and the people suffer because of it. What have the Dems done for the past four years? We are still trying to make this country great again. The damn Dems need to get out of the way.

            Great word play and an attempt to put words in peoples mouths Cain:

            That is Liberalism 101 “Are you admitting he didn’t do a good job during the first 3 1/2 years, and agree he needs another 4 years to live up to trying to Make America Great Again?”

          3. You guys really are not getting this are you. I continue to state I am not a Republican, nor am I a Democrat. I thought it would be apparent, but I guess not so I will also say I am not a Liberal.

            My opinion is that all politicians, Republicans and Democrats, all feed from the same trough and the system is currently being ran to cause animosity and divide us. United we stand, divided we fall.

            It is a shame that every-time I speak about this, I get attacked and called out as a ______, when the message I spoke to has nothing to do with political affiliation, but procedural law and common understanding of the U.S. Constitution.

            The one message that is very clearly sent out is that if you disagree with someone’s opinion, well your job is to strike back and immediately presume they are the opposite of what you are, because they are the only ones that would dare to speak out.

            You can be better, all you have to do is try.

  4. Thanks, protesters, for standing up for De’Von Bailey. I’m glad the cops didn’t overreact by tear gassing you. I remember years ago (2003) when they tear gassed peaceful anti-Iraq War protesters. Maybe, because you were in their neighborhoods, they didn’t want their neighbors to see what jerks they can be. Cops often deny peaceful protesters their first amendment right as though the US is a dictatorship.

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