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Denver cop fired for refusing to treat 18-year-old boy who was shot dead

The Denver Police Department fired one of its officers after he failed to provide medical assistance to an 18-year-old dying in what was called a “ruthless lack of humanity”.

Dewayne Rodgers, a 16-year-old force veteran, arrived at a shooting scene at the 10000 block of East Harvard Avenue near the Cherry Creek County Club on September 7, 2020.

He found shooting victim JaLonte Jones, 18, lying in the road, having been shot in the leg.

Rodgers called an ambulance but provided no medical assistance, although all Denver police officers have been equipped with tourniquets and trained in their use since 2014.

Jones begged the officer to help him, but Rodgers instead spent the 13 minutes until the ambulance arrived asking Jones his name, where he lived and who shot him, footage shows the body camera.

Jones can be heard telling Rodgers “I’m dying” before being pronounced dead later in a hospital.

Rodgers was fired Nov. 22.

Mary Dulacki, deputy general manager of the Denver Department of Public Safety, signed the documents detailing Rodgers’ firing.

“The cruel lack of humanity that the officer (Dewayne Rodgers) displayed is best illustrated by his response to the victim saying, ‘Oh my god. Help me,” when Officer Rodgers replied, “Do you live in this compound? “, says the document, according to Fox 31.

Officer Dewayne Rodgers was fired on November 22 for failing to help the dying teenager

JaLonte Jones, 18, was shot and killed on September 7, 2020 in Denver. As he lay dying, Officer Dewayne Rodgers refused to help him, despite his pleas.

In body camera footage from the night, Rodgers can be heard asking Jones his name, as he lies dying

In body camera footage from the night, Rodgers can be heard asking Jones his name, as he lies dying

It’s unclear if Jones would have survived if Rodgers had received first aid, but he was convicted for not trying.

“At the outset of this homicide investigation, the Denver Police Department acknowledged and had concerns about Officer Dewayne Rodgers’ inability to assist the shooting victim,” police said Friday. .

Jones died in hospital after the shooting

Jones died in hospital after the shooting

“The Department initiated an internal affairs investigation, thoroughly investigated the actions of the officer under the supervision of the Office of the Independent Comptroller, and the outcome of the disciplinary process was the termination of Officer Dewayne Rodger. .”

A second officer who was also on the scene resigned during the disciplinary investigation.

Rodgers told investigators that he did not have his tourniquet on at the time and that he did not have latex gloves and was therefore unwilling to help.

Rodgers reported that he entered the parking lot and was “flagged by an individual who guided him to the victim’s location.” Rodgers said the victim was on the ground, lying face down.

Jones can be heard in body camera footage pleading with the officer for help

Jones can be heard in body camera footage pleading with the officer for help

Instead of helping him, Rodgers repeatedly asks for his name, as blood soaks into Jones' jeans

Instead of helping him, Rodgers repeatedly asks for his name, as blood soaks into Jones’ jeans

“He described it”[t]The victim’s pants were so saturated with blood that it was impossible to determine which leg he had been hit in.

Officer Rodgers wrote that after a few minutes, “the victim began to move and rolled onto his back, then stopped moving when firefighters arrived on the scene.”

He never called the ambulance to say Jones was getting worse.

“I make the decision at that point not to hit him, because I can’t figure out where he shot. I don’t know how many times he was shot,” Rodgers reported.

‘Nobody could give me the information that I can’t touch it. If I touch him, I might do this guy more harm than good, because I don’t know anything.

“Where he was shot or how many times he was shot.

“So at that point I decided I wasn’t going to touch him. I’m going to have him keep talking to me and keep him calm and try to get him to move around a lot.

A third officer arrived on the scene 10 minutes later and attempted to administer a tourniquet, but by then Jones was not moving.

“At the scene I was told the victim was shot in the leg but would not identify himself,” the officer said. “I approached the victim to try to place a tourniquet on the leg.

“The victim was so bloody that I couldn’t see where the wound was. I also observed that the victim was unresponsive. I checked for signs of breathing and saw none. At this point, firefighters and EMS were arriving.

Denver police tweeted at the time about the incident, September 7, 2020

Denver police tweeted at the time about the incident, September 7, 2020

In the departmental disciplinary action order, the police department found that “Officer Rodgers made no attempt to provide assistance such as applying pressure to the area of ​​the injury, which , according to him, was an appropriate alternative means of triaging a gunshot wound in the absence of a tourniquet.’

They dismissed Rodgers saying he feared aggravating the condition, saying this “cannot excuse the lack of care he showed since the foreseeable result of not helping was death, which greatly outweighs any fear of aggravating an injury.”

Dedranette Jones, JaLonte’s mother, said she was horrified by the body camera footage.

“He’s basically bleeding in that parking lot, and you seem more concerned about what happened and who shot him than about finding the injury and trying to do whatever you can to help preserve his life,” Jones told the outlet.

“I feel like if more effort had been put in, they might have been able to save his life.

‘Didn’t you care enough? Did you look like it was just another gang member?

Jones' mother, Dedranette Jones, said she couldn't understand why no help was forthcoming, speculating it could have saved her son's life.

Jones’ mother, Dedranette Jones, said she couldn’t understand why no help was forthcoming, speculating it could have saved her son’s life.

D'Andre Horton, was arrested and charged with four counts of first degree murder, and in October was sentenced to 10 years in prison

D’Andre Horton, was arrested and charged with four counts of first degree murder, and in October was sentenced to 10 years in prison

According to the DPD’s operations manual, officers who come into contact with an injured person must “provide first aid (if required) to their level of training without unreasonable delay”, pending emergency medical services – after have checked beforehand that they are not endangering their own life or that of someone else by doing so.

“Once it is possible to approach the suspect safely, officers will handcuff, thoroughly search the individual and take control of any weapon(s) in the immediate vicinity,” the manual reads.

“When the suspect no longer poses a risk to officers or bystanders, officers remove the handcuffs and, if required, must administer first aid to their level of training without unreasonable delay.”

Rodgers’ firing was also due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 shot.

In September, he and six other officers sued the city over the vaccination mandate.

The man accused of shooting Jones, D’Andre Horton, has been arrested and charged with four counts of first degree murder.

Prosecutors dismissed those charges and in October this year Horton pleaded guilty to first-degree assault and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.