Aurora Police Detain 3000 Innocent People for Eight Hours

By Doug Newman

On November 9, 2012, police in Aurora, Colorado, detained 3000 innocent people for eight hours while searching an apartment building for a shooting suspect.

Gateway High School has 2275 students. Jewell Elementary School, almost a mile away from the building, has 525 students. When you add to these numbers the faculty and staff at the two schools, the total number of detainees probably exceeds 3000.

In June of this year, 40 innocent people were detained for two hours by Aurora police while they apprehended a bank robbery suspect.

First it was 40 people for two hours. Then it was 3000 people for eight hours.

What is next?

I live in Aurora. This is very disturbing. When will it be my turn? When will I be detained and for how long for no other reason than I was in the wrong place at the wrong time?

In the wake of a virtual media blackout on this story – I only learned of it from a friend’s Facebook post – I am compiling whatever links I can related to this matter.

Oh I pray that I am not the only person in a city of over 300,000 people who is speaking out about this.

This has to stop! Here and now!

News articles:

My blog links on the November lockdowns:

About the June episode:

June 2, 2012 at Iliff and Buckley in Aurora. We have to let police stage mass detentions. There could be a gunman running loose in the area. It’s for the children.

If you would like to post this elsewhere, please email me and include a link to this URL.

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 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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6 Responses to Aurora Police Detain 3000 Innocent People for Eight Hours

  1. Samantha says:

    It was done to keep the children safe inside while a dangerous armed criminal was in the area. If you have children this should be easy to understand. If you don’t have children then try to think about how the parents would feel if a student was hurt or killed by a stray bullet from a shootout between an armed robber & the police. Or if there was a car chase & the robber crashed into a student driving home from school or, even worse, a BUS filled with elementary students! It would be absolutely devestating. Our schools go on “lock down” when there’s a violent crime here in Indiana & I’m glad they do that. It keeps the children locked safely inside while the cops do their jobs & try to get the threat off the streets. I don’t get what’s so hard to understand about that.

  2. There was a shooting 400 feet from my front door in September 2011. There is a school 2 blocks from here. That school was not put on lock down.

    There were no lock downs of any kind after the theater shooting that took place just a few blocks away back in July. Why not?

    Why stop with the schools? If you are going to put schools on lock down, why not put the whole neighborhood on lock down? Just forbid anyone from walking out the door. Lock down the grocery store. Lock down any place where there may be a lot of people! I mean like there might be a gunman on the loose.

    And go back and have a look at the bottom of the article. That is an Aurora cop pointing a rifle in the face of an innocent teenager. What if he had pulled the trigger and killed that kid?

    Why not just let the cops declare arbitrary lock downs whenever there is so much as potential trouble and the basic liberties of the people be damned? That’s how it was in Nazi Germany. And, no, they did not have a lot of street crime.

    Would you want to live there? Would you feel “safe”?


    Hmm. Me neither.

    Lock downs have nothing to do with safety and everything to do with raping peoples brains into accepting a total police state.

  3. Someone just left a comment on Facebook:

    “Lock down makes no sense except from a control freak point of view. So someone calls in a bomb threat, lock them down where the supposed bomb is. Or a psycho gunman is on the loose. Lock them in the cafeteria so he can mow them all down in one place. Brilliance. It makes no sense other than indoctrinating kids into the police state.”

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