Eric DeValkenaere

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Service Record

Agency Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Rank Detective
Dates of Service Hired September 1999[1]
Last Known Status Suspended without pay pending termination[2]

Commendations

2010 Department Life-Saving Award

On September 23, 2010, DeValkenaere received the Life-Saving Award for saving a youth from drowning while off-duty.[3]

Incident Reports

2019 Death of Cameron Lamb

Department Response

On June 18, 2020, the department stated that DeValkenaere had been suspended.[4]

In January 2021, DeValkenaere returned the department, on administrative duty.[5]

On November 19, 2021, DeValkenaere was suspended without pay pending termination.[2]

Legal Action

On June 18, 2020, DeValkenaere was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action, the first time a Kansas City law enforcement officer has been charged in a fatal shooting.[6][7][8]

In June 2021, Lamb’s family sued the Kansas City Board of Police Commissioners and DeValkenaere, accusing them of violating Lamb’s civil rights.[6]

On November 19, 2021, DeValkenaere was convicted of a lesser charge of second degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action. In a bench trial, the judge focused on the officers' right to be on the property before the shooting.[9]

On March 4, 2022, DeValkenaere was sentenced to three years for involuntary manslaughter and six years for armed criminal action with the sentences to run concurrently. DeValkenaere was freed on bond during the appeal process.[10]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: bad
Protect & Serve rating: neutral
Individual Rights rating: neutral
Accountability and Integrity rating: neutral
Off Duty rating: neutral
Ratings Definitions

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