Letter to the Editor of the Denver Post – Aurora School Lockdowns

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.

Doug Newman
Several links related to this story. – November 16, 2012
Sit Down, Shut Up and Just Let the Cops Run Wild – November 10, 2012
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

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About Food for the Thinkers

My name is Doug Newman. I live in Aurora, Colorado, just outside Denver. Food for the Thinkers is mostly about the connection between Christianity and libertarianism. Most Christians do not understand libertarianism. And most libertarians do not understand Christianity. Hopefully, this blog helps clear up those misunderstanding. Check out my old page at www.thefot.us And remember: When you let people do whatever they want, you get Woodstock. But when you let governments do whatever they want, you get Auschwitz.
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1 Response to Letter to the Editor of the Denver Post – Aurora School Lockdowns

  1. Pingback: Aurora Police Detain 3000 Innocent People for Eight Hours | Foodforthethinkers's Blog

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