No Charges In Champaign Officer-Involved Shooting
A Champaign police officer will not face criminal charges stemming from a June 11th shooting that injured a 22-year old man.
Officer James Hobson shot Dehari Banks, who was unarmed, after Banks fled on foot during an attempted traffic stop. Hobson says he accidentally fired his weapon while trying to apprehend Banks.
In a letter to Police Chief Anthony Cobb, Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz says that after reviewing the evidence, “there is no basis for criminal charges” in the case.
The police department has released dashboard camera footage of the incident. You can hear a gunshot on the recording at the 1:20 mark, but it happens off camera. You can watch the full video here, which does contain expletives.
The Illinois State Police led a multi-jurisdictional investigation of the incident. Champaign Police will conduct their own internal investigation, after which Cobb will complete a final review. He will hand down any discipline to Hobson.
The letter from Rietz to Cobb is below.