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Denver police officer Dewayne Rodgers fired for failing to provide aid to shooting victims – CBS Denver

DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver police officer has been fired after a department review found he failed to help a man who was found shot in the leg. That man eventually died.

Officer Dewayne Rodgers and his associates first arrived at the scene of a shooting that was conducted on 10100 East Harvard Avenue on the morning of September 7, 2020. When they arrived, a man was Lower the police flags and lead them to the victims of the shooting. Rodgers called an ambulance while his partner placed crime scene video around the area.

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About 10 minutes later, a third DPD officer arrived and asked Rodgers if he had ordered a tourniquet for the victim. In a statement to investigators, the third officer said he had to step in to help the victim.

“At the scene, I learned that the victim was shot in the leg but did not identify him,” the official said. “I approached the victim intending to put a tourniquet on the leg. The victim was covered in blood so I couldn’t see where the wound was. I also observed that the victim was no longer responding. I checked for signs of breathing, and there were none. At this point, Fire and EMS have arrived. “

The same officer said he couldn’t remember what Rodgers was doing after he arrived at the scene. Officer Rodgers said in a statement that he normally had a tourniquet on duty, but that night he did not.

In a disciplinary letter released by the city, Rodgers said he “did not say (the victim) was getting worse. I just went on air to see where the paramedics were.”

“For me, my only reason why I didn’t put my hand on the victim had nothing to do with fear of blood getting on my hand, it was just because I didn’t want to hurt him any more because he had already done so. injured. ,” Rodgers continued in a statement.

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Rodgers continued: “I decided that I shouldn’t touch him, because he was in critical condition. “He is bleeding. He could barely move, and he could barely talk to me. With all that going on, I was determined that I couldn’t touch him. I don’t want to fish around to get hurt and cause further harm.”

Rodgers’ body-worn camera shows the victim saying “I’m dying,” “I can’t breathe,” and “help me” multiple times during their interactions.

Investigators concluded that Officer Rodgers made no attempt to assist the victim during the 10-minute interaction, and video evidence from his own body-worn camera undermines his defense that he It is not known where the victim was shot. . Investigators also concluded that at no time did Officer Rodgers approach the victim to seek injuries, touch the victim or offer comforting words. The disciplinary action for his behavior was immediate termination.

https://denver.cbslocal.com/2021/12/03/dewayne-rodgers-denver-police-officer-fired/ Denver police officer Dewayne Rodgers fired for failing to provide aid to shooting victims – CBS Denver

Huynh Nguyen

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