Kansas City Police Officer Found Guilty in Fatal 2019 Shooting of Black Man

Eric DeValkenaere, center, is comforted by attorneys Dawn Parsons, left, and Holly Hastings, after Jackson County Circuit Court Judge J. Dale Youngs announced that he found the Kansas City Police dtective guilty in the fatal December 2019 shooting of Cameron Lamb. (Jill Toyoshiba/[email protected] / The Kansas City Star)

A Jackson County judge found Kansas City police detective Eric DeValkenaere guilty of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action in the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Cameron Lamb, a Black man.

“What we sought in this case was a just outcome and that’s where we stand today,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker told reporters shortly after the verdict was rendered by Presiding Judge J. Dale Youngs.

Donna Drake, a spokeswoman for the Kansas City Police Department, said in an email that the department acknowledged the court’s decision.

“Every officer involved shooting is difficult not only for the members in the community, but also the members of the police department,” she said.

The department said that DeValkenaere had been suspended pending termination as a result of his conviction.

DeValkenaere is believed to be the first Kansas City law enforcement officer since 1941 to have stood trial for the fatal shooting of a Black man. The police officer in the earlier case was acquitted.

Jackson County prosecutors argued that DeValkenaere recklessly shot Cameron Lamb on Dec. 3, 2019, as Lamb was sitting in a pickup truck and backing into his garage at 41st Street and College Avenue.

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SOURCE: KCUR, Dan Margolies

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