Police exchanged hand signals before shooting

Bodycam video released by Colorado Springs Police Department shows officers signaling each other with tactical hand gestures before shooting De’Von Bailey on August 3, 2019.

Unnamed officer signals “gun.”

An unnamed officer stood behind Bailey as Sgt. Alan Van’t Land questioned him. The officer raised his non-gun hand and made a pistol gesture with his index finger and thumb extended. This signal indicates the presence of a gun.

Van’t Land repeated the gesture in response. This signal exchange suggests police were aware Bailey was armed and were prepared for escalation.

CSPD officers exchange hand signal for “gun.”

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