Denver cops opened fire on a suspect in a crowded area after the man had tossed a gun aside, shooting the suspect along with six other innocent bystanders.
Denver police said the man pointed a gun at them, prompting two officers to open fire.
But body camera footage released Tuesday show the suspect, Jordan Waddy, tossed the gun aside moments before the cops opened fire.
The video also shows Waddy, 21, raised his hands above his head when confronted by police, then walked from the street to the sidewalk where he reached into the front pocket of his hoodie and grabbed the gun to toss it aside. The victims all survived the shooting.
On Tuesday, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said she would bring the case before a grand jury to decide if charges should be filed against the officers, drawing criticism from Waddy’s attorney.
“The DA could look at the tape and bring charges,” Tyrone Glover told Westworld. “We’ve seen what happens when these kinds of things involve officers. They don’t always come back fair.”
The incident took place at 1:30 a.m. on July 17 in front of a crowded bar called Larimer Beer Hall within the city’s downtown entertainment district. The bystanders were mostly customers who were leaving the bar, waiting in line at a food truck.
Denver police said they initially spotted Waddy fighting with another man. They also say they spotted a gun in his pocket.
An overhead security video shows the cops walked up the street parallel to Waddy after the fight as he made his way up the sidewalk through the heavy crowd. At one point, Waddy steps into the street and is greeted by the cops.
The body cams released contain no audio until after shots were fired because the cops did not turn on their cameras until afterwards. The cameras have a buffer to record video about 30 seconds before the cameras are turned on.
Waddy was charged with three counts of weapon possession by a previous offender and one count of third-degree assault.
McCann, the district attorney, issued the following statement:
“The public’s interest in this particular shooting incident is understandably high. For the community to trust in the outcome from this incident, it is important that independent members of the community review the facts, evidence and law regarding whether these officers should be criminally charged. Until the grand jury’s work is complete, my office will have no further comment on this matter.”
Rathod Mohamedbhai, the law firm representing three of the innocent victims shot, issued the following statement:
“DA McCann must ensure this case does not follow the pattern of grand jury investigations being used to exonerate and legitimize officer misconduct. Denver’s officers must be indicted and tried for their extremely reckless acts of violence.”
One of the innocent victims told Westworld that police told him afterwards he had been shot by the suspect, not police. But the suspect never fired a shot.
“I did ask them if they found the suspect, and they kind of made it seem like it wasn’t the police who’d shot me but the suspect — at least that’s how I understood it,” said Yekalo Weldehiwet, who still has a bullet in his arm.
“The next day, when the reports came out, that’s when I understood it wasn’t actually the suspect who fired, but the police. And I had a lot of questions as to why the police would be part of a mass shooting near a crowd full of people after all the training they’ve completed.”
Watch the short edited video below. The second video below is the full video released by police along with their explanation of what took place.
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a grand jury is the easy way out for local DA’s! that way they don’t have to face repercussions from the blue lies mafia for doing what is right!
a few things that need to be done at the federal level. DOJ are you listening?
BLUE LIES MAFIA POLICY
any time an officer is placed on administrative leave it will be UNPAID leave.
ONLY if laws, policy, civil rights, and/ or rules have NOT been violated, then they will be eligible for back pay.
IF ANY laws, policy, civil rights, and/ or rules have been violated, then NO back pay.
if an officer is being investigated for _______. the investigation whether pending, started or ended will be considered “OPEN” if they quit before any discipline is handed out. also they will NOT be able to move on to the next agency over or receive retirement funds and any other benefits until pending case is resolved.
ALL law enforcement police, FBI, DEA, CBP, ICE and any other law enforcement agency shall have and use body cams.
body cams will be turned on prior to an incident or as soon as possible and are to NOT be turned off, muted or paused until after the conclusion of the incidence.
USE OF FORCE:
MANDATORY MINIMUMS OF 2X the max. shall be enforced upon conviction.
CITIZEN REVIEW BOARD:
shall replace internal affairs. it shall have full investigative powers. it shall have the authority to file charges.
LOCALE DAs/ POLICE:
will not be able to decide if police are not charged for there crimes. also they will be bared from investigating local cops. they must refere these cases to nan outside investigation.
shall only be limited to negotiating pay, leave time, vacation, sick leave, benefits. anything else is NON-NEGOTIABLE.
there shall be a 2yr training program. then when hired the first 2yr period is probation with no gun. then the next probation period is a year with gun after they prove themselves to be responsible. so in total it would require 5 yrs. to go from training to fully certified.
DISCIPLINE/ COMPLAINT RECORDS:
any and all complaints (founded and unfounded), discipline, suspensions shall be placed in a national database. these records are to be held from training to 20yr after retirement and/or death.