Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Releases Malik Malik Accident Report; Refuse to broadcast body camera footage – the Bloomingtonian
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office has rejected the Bloomingtonian’s request for body camera footage of a high-speed chase of a 39-year-old man in April that ended in a fiery car crash. According to the Monroe County Coroner’s Office and an incident report obtained by The Bloomingtonian, Malik Ali Malik died from smoke inhalation and suffered severe burns all over his body after his car struck a tree on W. Dinsmore Rd. Officers verbally ordered Malik out of the vehicle but did not assist him out of concern for their own safety, according to an incident report from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office obtained afterwards a request for public documents.
The Bloomingtonian spoke to a witness who wishes to remain anonymous out of fear for his safety. They said they offered their fire extinguisher to put out the fire in the vehicle, but officers told them to go home. The witness said law enforcement officials fired their guns as the car burned down. The Bloomingtonian is unable to independently verify these allegations and has sought body camera and dashboard video to accurately report this incident.
The accident report says Malik was trapped inside the burning vehicle, but the report does not specify how he was trapped.
At around 8:51 p.m. on April 17, a deputy reported in a radio dispatch that the car was on fire. At around 8:54 pm, a deputy said: “We tried to get him 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 images were officially requested on April 19e through a public registration request. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office released a written accident report and photos of the crash scene on Wednesday, but cited Indiana code IC-5-14-3-4 (b) (1) as the reason for withholding “investigative records of this agency law.”
As many as 12 members of the Bloomington Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office began pursuing black man Malik Malik on the evening of April 17, 2021 in Bloomington, Indiana. The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department ended the chase because Malik was driving 105 miles per hour in a residential area. A sheriff’s deputy can be heard on the radio saying, “We know who it is, so we’re not going to have anybody killed.” “
Malik continued to drive at high speed and another deputy started chasing him again. Shortly after, an MCSO deputy reported that Malik had crashed and the vehicle was on fire, according to traffic scanners.
The Bloomingtonian first contacted the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office by email for more information on the crash in the early hours of April 18, but did not get a response. The Bloomingtonian then left a phone message with the sheriff’s office asking to be included in the distribution of a press release about the incident. No press release was issued and the MCSO has remained silent on the incident. It should be noted that the Bloomington Police Department was not at the scene of the crash and did not assist with the investigation.
The next day, the Bloomingtonian visited the scene of the crash where friends and family held a memorial. After several conversations with witnesses, who wished to remain anonymous, it became clear that viewing dash cam and body camera images could show information about what had happened.
A search of court records shows Malik was facing charges of theft and drug possession, but his bail was revoked when he fled law enforcement in Johnson County on March 7, 2021.
The accident report for the fatal crash on April 17 but released on Wednesday indicates that Malik was prosecuted after a “SUSP ACT IP” (suspicious act in progress), and was driving a white 2021 KIA Sportage. 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 act had taken place before the prosecution, but refers to incidents of law M21-10558 and B-21-12465. No incidents appear on MyCase, and The Bloomingtonian has contacted the DA’s office in an attempt to obtain the documents.
The accident report indicates that the type of accident was “RAN OFF ROAD”.
The account of the accident reads as follows:
“APRIL 18E, 2021 THE DEPUTIES OF THE MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE ARE LOOKING FOR A WANTED PERSON. THE MALE HAS BEEN SPOTTED AND A TRAFFIC STOP ATTEMPTED. THE MAN WHO HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS MR. MALIK MALIK, BEGIN TO FLY FROM MEPs. AFTER MALIK STARTED DRIVING ERRATICALLY, I ENDED THE PURSUIT (SIC) FOR SAFETY REASONS.
SHORTLY AFTER THE TERMINATION, ANOTHER ASSISTANT FROM THE MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE THEN LOCATED MALIK STILL DRIVING AT HIGH SPEED WEST OF THE TOWN NEAR WEST STATE RAOD (SIC). REACHED WEST DINSMORE RD. MALIK WAS THEN SWITCHED TO DINSMORE RD AT A HIGH RATE AND LOSS OF CONTROL. AFTER LEAVING THE DINSMORE RD SOUTH TECH ROAD MOMENTLY, MALIK THEN RETURNED ON THE ROAD ONLY TO EXIT THE NORTH TECH ROAD FROM THE ROAD AND HITTING A TREE. THE VEHICLE IMMEDIATELY IGNITED AND THE DRIVER NEVER RESPONDED TO VERBAL COMMANDS AND NEVER MOVED.
THE ASSISTANTS THEN TRYED TO APPROACH THE VEHICLE BUT DUE TO MALIK’S SAFETY CONCERNS AS WELL AS SAFETY CONCERNS FROM THE VEHICLE FIRE, THE ASSOCIATES THEN REMOVED AND CONTINUED FROM MALIK. MALIK WAS NEVER ABLE TO LEAVE THE VEHICLE. THE FIRE THEN CALLED ON THE SCENE AND EXTINGUISHED THE FIRE.
MALIK IS LATERLY LOCATED IN THE VEHICLE AND SPOKEN DEAD ON STAGE. A RECONSTRUCTIONIST CRASH HAS BEEN CONTACT AND ARRIVES ON STAGE.
FOR THE FULL CASE, PLEASE CONTACT THE ARCHIVES DIVISION OF THE MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF OFFICE FOR THE ENTIRE CASE.
Monroe County Coroner Joani Shields was contacted on Thursday, June 17, 2021 with the cause of death, which was “hypoxia from instantaneous fire.” Shields said the mode of death was “accident”.
Several minutes elapse in radio dispatches from the time the car is reported to have crashed, until the firefighters are called, until the car explodes. The radio dispatches were obtained from OpenMHZ.com, which uses software-defined radio receivers to tune emergency frequencies and then saves them on a computer server where the public can openly access them.