COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado Springs Police have arrested two men Monday during a protest centered around the officer-involved shooting of a man Saturday evening. App users, tap here to watch the video.
The protest began as a peaceful gathering outside of City Hall at 11 a.m. Monday. Many carried homemade signs with phrases such as “A badge is NOT a free pass for murder” and “Where is the webcam footage?? Murder is illegal.”
Eventually, the group made its way inside the lobby of the Police Operations Center on S. Nevada Avenue shouting, “No justice, no peace,” before relocating outside.
Once outside, two men on motorcycles approached via E. Rio Grande Street and confronted the group. The men, who police say are bail bondsmen, have been identified as 33-year-old Dustin Brooks and 33-year-old Justin Brooks. At one point both men displayed weapons.
Police and SWAT Team members responded, taking the two men into custody and demanding the group of protestors disband. The Brooks were arrested for disorderly conduct.
The shooting at the center of this protest happened around 6:45 p.m. Saturday. According to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, which is the lead investigative agency for the incident, Colorado Springs police officers were called to East Fountain Boulevard to investigate a report of a personal robbery. When officers arrived, the victim identified two suspects. Officers contacted the suspects, and during the encounter, one of the suspects reached for a gun, according to a press release from the sheriff’s office.
At least one officer then fired a shot at the suspect, according to the sheriff’s office.
The suspect was taken to the hospital, where he died. Law enforcement has not yet released his name, but family members at a vigil Sunday afternoon identified him as De’Von Bailey, 19.
This story will be updated.