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October 12, 2017
Earlier today County Attorney Amy Beavers released Special Assistant Attorney General Scott Brown’s findings regarding the October 1, 2017 officer-involved shooting of Marquis Jones in Burlington, Iowa. Special Assistant Attorney General Brown conducted an independent investigation into the matter. The City and its officers fully cooperated with the investigation.
The City encourages members of the public to review Special Assistant Attorney General Brown’s findings, which state the date, time, specific location, and immediate facts and circumstances surrounding the officer-involved shooting. Special Assistant Attorney General Brown concluded that the actions of Officer Chiprez and Officer Riffel were objectively reasonable under the circumstances and Officer Chiprez’s use of deadly force on Marquis Jones was justified under the laws of the State of Iowa. Both officers remain employed by the City of Burlington and are expected to return to full duty in the near future.
In addition to Special Assistant Attorney General Brown’s findings, although not required under Iowa law, in an effort to promote transparency, the City is providing the public with the body-worn camera videos from Officers Chiprez and Riffel that contain the immediate facts and circumstances surrounding the shooting. In addition to the body-worn camera videos, the City is providing the public with the dash camera video from the officers’ patrol vehicle that contains the immediate facts and circumstances surrounding the shooting. Links to these videos can be found on the City’s website at Burlingtoniowa.org. Please be warned, the contents of the videos are graphic.
The October 1, 2017 officer-involved shooting of Marquis Jones is a tragedy for all involved. City officials continue to keep the many people impacted by this tragedy in their thoughts, including the family of Mr. Jones and the officers involved in the incident.
Burlington Police Dept Press Release
Iowa Attorney General Press Release
Burlington Police Dept - Dash Cam Video
Burlington Police Dept - Officer Riffel Body Cam Video
Burlington Police Dept - Officer Chiprez Body Cam Video