Colorado Springs police deny request to release footage in July police shooting

Shooting investigation in southeast Colorado Springs on July 23, 2019. Police taped off a large area outside an apartment complex. Photo of the suspect, Josh Vigil, from his family.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (The Gazette) - For the family of De’Von Bailey, answers surrounding the 19-year-old’s death came 13 days after his fatal encounter with Colorado Springs police. But the family of a man who was killed by officers less than two weeks earlier is still waiting.

Colorado Springs police have denied The Gazette’s requests to release body camera footage from the shooting death of Joshua Vigil on July 23 — the city’s fourth fatal police shooting of 2019 — citing the ongoing investigation by the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Despite the media interest and “nationwide focus on the conduct of law enforcement officers,” the release of the footage would be “contrary to the public interest,” CSPD spokesman Lt. Jim Sokolik said in an Aug. 30 email.

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