The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office rejected a Bloomingtonian request for camera footage from a speedy chase of a 39-year-old man in April that ended in a car crash. According to the Monroe County Surveillance Service and an incident report received by The Bloomingtonian, Malik Ali Malik died from smoke inhalation and suffered severe burns all over his body after his car hit a tree on W. Dinsmore Rd. Officers verbally ordered Malik to get out of the vehicle, but did not help him out of concern for their own safety, according to a report of an incident from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office obtained through a request for public documentation.
The Bloomingtonian spoke to a witness who wished to remain anonymous for fear of their safety. They said they offered their fire extinguisher to put out the vehicle’s fire, but officers told them to return home. The witness said law enforcement officers pulled out guns while the car burned. The Bloomingtonian was unable to independently verify these allegations and look for body and dash videos to report exactly this incident.
The accident report states that Malik was trapped in the burning vehicle, but the report does not specify how he was trapped.
At around 8:51 p.m., on April 17, an MP announced in a radio broadcast that the car was on fire. Around 8:54 p.m., a deputy said, “We tried to get it out, but the fire is too big.” Then around 8:56 p.m., a member of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office reported that the vehicle had exploded.
The footage was officially requested on April 19you by requesting public records. On Wednesday, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office published an edited report of the crash and photos of the scene, but cited Indiana Code IC-5-14-3-4 (b) (1) as the reason for refusing “the investigative records of this law agency.” “
Twelve members of the Bloomington Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office began the pursuit of Malik Malik, a black man, on the evening of April 17, 2021, in Bloomington, Indiana. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department stopped the chase because Malik was driving at 105 miles per hour in a residential area. A deputy sheriff may be heard radio traffic saying, “We know who he is, so we won’t kill anyone.”
Malik continued to drive at high speed and another deputy began to chase him again. Shortly afterwards, an MCSO deputy reported that Malik had crashed and the vehicle was on fire, according to scanner traffic.
The Bloomingtonian first emailed the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for more information about the incident in the early hours of April 18, but received no response. The Bloomingtonian then left a phone call at the sheriff’s office asking to be involved in distributing a press release about the incident. No press release was issued and the MCSO remained silent about the incident. It should be noted that the Bloomington Police Department was not at the scene of the accident and did not assist in the investigation.
The next day, the Bloomingtonian went to the crash site, where friends and family held a monument. After several conversations with witnesses, who wished to remain anonymous, it became clear that the examination of the video cameras of the video camera and the camera of the body could show information about what happened.
A search of court records revealed that Malik had been charged with robbery and drug possession, but his relationship was severed when he fled Johnson County police on March 7, 2021.
The report of the crash from the fatal accident on April 17, but published on Wednesday, shows that Malik was pursued after “SUSP ACT IP” (suspicious act in progress) and drove a white KIA Sportage from 2021. The report states that $ 8,012 in US currency was taken as evidence, along with “5 bags of plant material.” The report does not specify what suspicious action took place before the prosecution, but refers to legal incidents M21-10558 and B-21-12465. None of the incidents appeared on MyCase, and The Bloomingtonian turned to prosecutors to try to obtain the documents.
The crash report indicates the type of crash “RAN OFF ROAD”.
The story of the crash reads as follows:
“ON APRIL 18TH, 2021 DEPUTIES IN THE MONRO DISTRICT OFFICE REQUIRED AN INDIVIDUAL REQUIRED. THE MAN WAS FOUND AND BRAKED TO A TRAFFIC BRAKE. THE MAN WHO IS IDENTIFIED AS MR. LITTLE LITTLE, LITTLE DEPUTIES STARTED TO RUN. AFTER MALIK STARTED DRIVING UNSISTABLY, I STOPPED PERSUTA (SIC) FOR SAFETY CAUSES.
IN BRIEF After termination, the Deputy’s office SHANFITA Okrug OF MONROE gown local MALIK driving at high speed west of the town near the western countries RAOD (SIC) 45. PERSUTAT (SIC) was the next BECOME INSTRUIRAN INSTIYT REACHES WESTERN DINSMORE RD. A SMALL AFTER TURNED INTO DINSMORE RD AT A HIGH SPEED STEP AND LOST CONTROL. AFTER IMMEDIATELY LEAVING THE ROAD ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF DINSMORE RD, MALIK RETURNS TO THE ROAD, JUST TO LEAVE THE ROAD ON THE NORTHERN PORT. THE VEHICLE IS IMMEDIATELY STARTED AND THE DRIVER NEVER RESPONDS TO VERBAL COMMANDS AND NEVER DRIVES.
MPs last attempt TO BE APPLIED TO THE VEHICLE, BUT IN RELATION TO THE SAFETY OF MALIK, AND SAFETY OF FIRE VEHICLE deputation returned and continued Slovenia INSTRUCTIONS Maliki. MALIK WAS NEVER COULD LEAVE THE VEHICLE. THEN THE FIRE WAS CALLED ON STAGE AND EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE.
MALIK WILL BE LOCATED IN THE VEHICLE LATER AND GRANTED A SCENE CHANGE WITH THE RECONSTRUCTOR FOR THE ENVIRONMENT WAS CONNECTED AND ENOUGH ON STAGE.
FOR THE FULL CASE, PLEASE CONTACT THE CASES OF THE MONRO COUNTRY OFFICES FOR THE ENTIRE CASE. “
Joanny Shields contacted the coroner of Monroe County on Thursday, June 17, 2021, about the cause of death, which was “Hypoxia due to lightning fire.” Shields said the death toll was an “accident.”
A few minutes pass in radio transmissions from the moment the car is reported to have crashed, until a fire brigade is called until the car explodes. The radio transmissions were received at OpenMHZ.com, which uses software-defined radios to tune to emergency frequencies and then records them on a computer server where the public can access them publicly.