By Doug Newman
It has been three weeks since Aurora police put almost 3000 innocent people on lockdown for over eight hours. Since then, there has been no mention of it in the media. The Denver Post told me they would consider running this letter. To this day, they haven’t done so.
When the police apprehend violent criminals, I commend them. When they unlawfully detain innocent citizens, we need to oppose them vigorously.
In June, when apprehending a bank robbery suspect, Aurora Police detained 40 innocent people at gunpoint for two hours. This past Friday, when searching an apartment complex for a shooting suspect, Aurora Police detained a few thousand innocent students and staff at Gateway High School and Jewell Elementary School for eight hours.
Is this how it is going to be now whenever there is a crime? And if mass detentions were necessary in these two episodes, why were they not necessary after the theater shootings in July or when someone was murdered 400 feet from my front door in 2011?
If they can detain innocent people for eight hours, why not do it for three or four days? Why stop there? Why not put the whole neighborhood on lockdown? What is next?
Whenever government at any level infringes on the liberty of innocent people, we need to speak out against it before they infringe even further.
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The Aurora Police: Pyongyang Style (Or, “At Least The Cops Got What They Were Looking For” – November 11, 2012
Cops Gone Wild. Obama Gone Wild. Hitler Gone Wild. – June 7, 2012