Judge finds Kansas City police detective Eric DeValkenaere guilty of involuntary manslaughter; KCPD says DeValkenaere suspended | News

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — Kansas City authorities investigator Eric DeValkenaere has actually been discovered guilty of uncontrolled murder by Jackson County Judge J. Dale Youngs in the shooting death of Cameron Lamb.  

Lamb was shot and eliminated in December 2019 while supporting a truck into a garage at a house where he lived.  

Kansas City authorities investigator Eric DeValkenaere has actually been condemned of uncontrolled murder by Jackson County Judge J. Dale Youngs in the shooting death of Cameron Lamb.

Judge Youngs stated he reached a guilty decision due to the fact that DeValkenaere and his partner were the preliminary assailants and were not acting in self-defense when they followed Lamb onto personal property.

Youngs stated they did not have authorization to be on the home, did not have a warrant and were not making an arrest.

He stated they did not have exigent scenarios due to the fact that the chase Lamb was associated with had actually ended.

“When the defendant followed Sgt. Schwalm into the backyard of 4154 College and engaged Cameron Lamb, ultimately shooting and killing him he did so without considering or being aware of the substantial and unjustifiable risks associated with this conduct, including but not limited to, fact that Sgt. Schwalm and he were unlawfully on the property that they were both escalating a situation that previously had deescalated and that their actions created or exacerbated the risk,” Youngs stated. 


Lamb’s household was psychological following the judgment: 

Jackson County District Attorney Jean Peters Baker stated her group worked vigilantly on the case. 

“There’s a somberness that comes with all verdicts,” she stated. “We all leave the courthouse…someone misses someone around the dining room table. There’s another individual that faces punishment for the harm that’s been done.” 

Kansas City authorities investigator Eric DeValkenaere has actually been condemned of uncontrolled murder by Jackson County Judge J. Dale Youngs in the shooting death of Cameron Lamb.

Gwen Grant, President and CEO of the Urban League of Greater Kansas City, stated “today was not a day to celebrate” however rather, keep in mind Lamb. 

“By convicting Officer DeValkenaere, Kansas City is sending a signal to all police that the days of killing Black people with impunity are over, they will be held accountable,” she said. “We commend the prosecution team assembled who pursued justice with rigor and integrity. We profoundly appreciate that justice has been served by the court’s decision, but today is not a day to celebrate. Rather, it’s a time for somber remembrance of Cameron Lamb and all the lives lost to police violence. It is a time to rededicate ourselves to building a community of trust that keeps all Americans safe.”

The Kansas City Cops Department provided this action: 

Every officer included shooting is challenging not just for the members in the neighborhood, however likewise the members of the authorities department.  We acknowledge the Court’s choice.

Cops stated in a declaration that following the decision, DeValkenaere has actually been suspended without pay pending termination.

Statement throughout the trial 

The defense argued throughout the trial DeValkenaere need to be discovered not guilty due to the fact that officers had affordable suspicion and a responsibility to examine Lamb due to the fact that he was chasing another lorry driven by a female Lamb dated at speeds of 60-90 miles per hour. 

Defense lawyer Dawn Parsons stated DeValkenaere was doing his job. She stated a car going 60 to 90 miles per hour, weaving into other lanes of traffic and running a traffic signal was as harmful as a bullet. 

District attorneys argued that officers didn’t have evidence of a criminal activity, a warrant or authorization to be on personal property. They likewise stated Lamb had actually restricted usage of his left hand due to an injury in 2015 and later on recommended the weapon and ammo might have been planted throughout the trial. 

Dr. David Clymer, an orthopedic cosmetic surgeon, stated Lamb might have most likely utilized his left hand. Clymer stated he evaluated medical records and viewed social networks videos published of Lamb.  

The trial included psychological testament from both witnesses for the prosecution and defense. DeValkenaere took the stand in his own defense, while Lamb’s mom took the stand.  

DeValkenaere stated he saw Lamb pull a weapon and raise it towards Kansas City Cops Sgt. Troy Schwalm, his partner. He stated he would not have actually shot Lamb had Lamb not pointed the weapon at his Schwalm.   

Lamb’s mom took the stand and showed pictures of her child. Pictures consisted of Lamb with his kids.  

In its movement to judgement of acquittal, the defense stated the State has “failed prove the elements of the crime alleged in the indictment” and “failed to establish by proof which comes up to the requirements for submission to the jury in a criminal case that the defendant committed the alleged offense with the requisite mental state.”  

In its action to that movement, the state argued that DeValkenaere “did not announce himself as police” and later on fired his weapon at Lamb 4 times. They likewise argue that cellular phone records show Lamb was on the phone with one hand and proving is other hand to Schwalm.  

Case got nationwide attention 

The case was amongst those mentioned by a group of civil liberties companies in a petition prompting U.S. Chief law officer Merrick Garland to examine the Kansas City Cops Department.  

It was a case typically mentioned in presentations throughout Kansas City.  

Lamb’s household likewise fulfilled with previous President Donald Trump in 2020 at The White Home.  

The Police Legal Defense Fund, which assists support the legal defense of policeman the company thinks are wrongfully charged, pertained to the support of DeValkenaere. 


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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long added to this report.