The Colorado Springs police sergeant involved in the August killing of 19-year-old unarmed De’Von Bailey has once before gunned down a fleeing suspect and roughed up another person while enforcing a protection order, of all things.
Alan Van’t Land is the latest personification of police persecution.
And his dubious past is coming to light after a court hearing last week, where attorneys presented evidence that draws parallels to the death of Bailey, who also was running from the officer and was not holding a weapon.
In 2012, before he became a sergeant, Van’t Land was one of two officers who shot and killed a fleeing man.
Twenty-three-year old Robert Kresky was shot 14 times in a darkened parking lot. He had no gun but according to police, the alleged crime boss threatened to shoot them after he ran away from them.
(Who threatens to shoot someone and then runs in the opposite direction of the person they’re threatening? Where they do that at? Just wondering.)
The unarmed Kresky died four days later and according to published reports, Van’t Land was ultimately cleared of wrongdoing when prosecutors ruled the shooting “reasonable, appropriate and justified.”
In 2011 the Air Force Academy graduate and former Marine had another dust-up that ended up costing the city big money.
According to the Colorado Springs Independent newspaper, the City of Colorado Springs had to cough up $50,000 in a settlement to 51-year-old Douglas Sellier, who was accosted and tasered when officers came to his home take his grandson to the child’s father, an alleged sex offender.
In 2014, the Colorado Springs police department awarded Van’t Land his then partner, former Olympic wrestler Adam Wheeler, with two Medals of Valor, its highest honor.