DENVER (KDVR) – A man shot dead by police in a crowded city center has retained legal representation after the shooting was investigated and the circumstances of the incident come into question.
Jordan Waddy has hired civil rights attorney Tyrone Glover to represent him, but no formal legal action has yet been filed.
Denver District Attorney Beth McCann charged the 21-year-old with three counts of possession of a weapon by a former offender and one count of third-degree assault.
Why was Waddy shot by the police?
At around 1:30 a.m. on July 17, Waddy was allegedly part of an altercation at 20th and Larimer streets in Denver’s LoDo entertainment district. When officers approached to break up the fight, Waddy reportedly made a move and police suspected he had a gun. Police shot and injured Waddy, and six bystanders were also injured in the shooting.
Officers said they recovered a loaded firearm from the scene.
Police have released footage from the scene of the shooting but have yet to release the body camera video. Witnesses described the shooting as difficult, with many running and screaming.
Statement from Waddy’s attorney
“On July 17, multiple Denver police officers repeatedly shot and injured Jordan Waddy, a black man, in front of a crowded LoDo bar without reason to believe he posed a threat to the safety of officers or others. While shooting Mr. Waddy, the officers also shot and injured six bystanders. Mr. Waddy is demanding answers from the Denver Police Department regarding the extremely reckless actions of its officers.
We are thoroughly investigating the shooting and the events leading up to it. The community is demanding to know how the police were able to use lethal force so quickly by opening fire on a crowd of people to stop a simple fight in a bar. Mr Waddy now also faces criminal charges, none of which involve threatening officers or endangering them with imminent bodily harm.
It’s an all-too-familiar scenario tainted with bias, for which Mr. Waddy and other bystanders could have been killed, and the city of Denver is already trying to shift the blame. We will get answers for these communities and hold ourselves accountable for this dangerous and unreasonable act.
Tyrone Glover, Civil Rights Lawyer
The Denver District Attorney’s Office is considering whether the officers’ actions were legally justified as part of a separate investigation.
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