Prosecutors: Colo. Theater Shooter Threatened Professors Before Attack
September 28, 2012
The suspect in Colorado's deadly movie theater attack was barred from university property for threatening a professor, prosecutors said in court documents released Friday, raising more questions about why campus police didn't report his actions to other authorities.
The revelation conflicts with the university's statements that James Holmes was denied access to non-public parts of the campus because he had withdrawn from school.
The name of the person Holmes allegedly threatened has been blacked out. In court testimony Aug. 30, University of Colorado psychiatrist Lynne Fenton, also a professor at the school, said she contacted campus police after meeting with Holmes on June 11.
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[email protected] @ 9/28/2012 11:48 AM
"Contacted campus police"? Gee, maybe the cp should have done something. You know, like look into a threat and the "ex" student? Talk about covering your ass, it seems the university faculty & campus police (?) were more intent on making it go away. The more I read of our places of higher education the more I worry. Hope the State LEOs look into this snafu. Blues, Stay Safe.
ms cop @ 9/28/2012 6:15 PM
I am a police officer at a university. With my experience at an institute of higher learning, I'm not sure there was a whole lot the campus pd could have done. At my department, we would have interviewed anyone making threats, and if the university decided the person was no longer allowed on campus we would enforce that decision. Beyond that, I'm not sure what else could have been done. And what kind of threats were made? I wouldn't be so quick to condemn the campus police. Even if the local city pd had been notified that this guy was a crack pot, what then? Would they have been able to stop the shooting? Not likely. In fact, I'm sure it would have played out the same way.
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