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It’s time to unseal more theater shooting documents

As of this posting, it has been 236 days since the Aurora theater shooting. 

While it’s the court’s job and priority to make sure the suspect receives a fair trial, courts are also sacred places in our democracy where transparency is a vital ingredient to integrity.

While there have been numerous court hearings, dozens and dozens of legal motions, an intense preliminary hearing with 911 audio and photos, and now an arraignment, there are still questions.

The probable cause statement and search warrants still remain under seal.  

These documents may reveal more about what happened before the shooting, the suspect’s behavior, and who interacted with him.   

We still don’t know why this tragedy happened and we may never know. 

Prosecutors have vaguely mentioned the suspect’s “downward spiral” in court documents. 

What was this downward spiral about?  How much mental health help, if any, did the suspect seek before the shooting? Who else was involved in the suspect’s life before the shooting?  What did they know?  

The sealed documents, if they contain psychiatric history, could also give more insight into how Dr. Lynne Fenton may have handled the suspect.  Her reputation has likely been affected based on media reports she allegedly didn’t do enough to stop the massacre.  Fenton has been mentioned in numerous tort claims and in at least one lawsuit for not initiating a 72-hour psychiatric hold.  

The releasing of the probable cause statement, depending on what it contains, could put to rest rumors and false facts that have circulated since July 20th

The public, the victims and their families still have many questions.

It has been eight months since the horrible incident.  The suspect has been charged and arraigned.  It’s time to unseal. 

Hopefully, with this renewed focus by the media to push for the unsealing of the documents, more answers may be revealed. 

Intimidation Tactics by Agfinity Over Possible Hate Speech Sticker

This sticker was sold by a store owned by Agfinity in Eaton, Colorado.

This sticker was sold by a store owned by Agfinity in Eaton, Colorado.

Today, I feel like I’m in a Seinfeld episode.

Or maybe it’s more like the Twilight Zone.

I just got off the phone with the media/marking spokesperson with Agfinity and I can’t believe what I was just told.

During that phone conversation, media/marking employee Mark Reinert alluded if I did a report on his company he would possibly send “candid” video of me to another television station “if we have to” and that they would talk to my “superiors.”

While Reinert didn’t directly indicate what the video captured, he hinted it shows me planting evidence against his company.

I HOPE ANOTHER TV STATION PICKS THIS “CANDID” VIDEO.  PLEASE!

Apparently Reinert and company are desperate and fear a TV report about a big mistake they made involving what could be characterized as hate speech.

One of their convenience stores was found to be selling “Illegal Immigrant Hunting Permits” stickers at their shop in Eaton (see photo).

A viewer tipped us off about this sticker through an email and I paid a visit to their store in Eaton today.

I walked over to the rack of stickers but didn’t see the stickers for sale….at least not immediately.

There was an empty part of the rack, so I assumed they were removed.

However I did find the “Illegal Immigrant Hunting Permit” sticker under another stack on the rack.

I paid for it, along with a water and a Power Bar and then walked out.

Two managers came out and told me they shouldn’t have sold me the sticker.

They apparently removed them after complaints they were getting on their Facebook page, like this one.

Obviously they didn’t remove all the stickers.

I’m still moving forward with the story tomorrow after we do some research on the company that actually makes the stickers and distributes the product to Agfinity stores.

And if you see me on “candid” video planting the sticker THEY SOLD ME, please let me know.

I need a good laugh, because after years of being an investigative reporter, I’m dumb enough to plant evidence in a store with security video.

Please watch for my story tomorrow (Thursday).

Suspicion in Adams County – No Transparency & No Accountability

Anytime police fatally shoot someone, it’s a horrible situation.   

Such cases should be as transparent as possible so the public knows how the suspect acted and if lethal force was justified.    

But the Adams County Sheriff’s Office is dismissing transparency and ignoring public disclosure laws by refusing to release the name of a man who was fatally shot this week during a suspected DUI stop. 

We were told by a department spokesperson the man’s family requested his name not be released. 

If this is true, I certainly recognize and acknowledge the family’s grief.    It must be a horrible situation for them and of course they wouldn’t want their love one’s name all over the news.   Who would?

However one family’s wishes are not above the law and neither is the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.   I hope that doesn’t sound callous. 

While the shooting may be justified, not releasing the man’s name breeds an extraordinary amount of suspicion.

Was this man related to someone in the Sheriff’s department? 

Does the family have political connections?   

Why is the department treating this case differently?

Did the family really make this request to the department?

Transparency laws exist for a reason so reporters like me can gather information to hold agencies accountable for their actions.   

The man’s name is needed to research autopsy records and his background.   

Perhaps he was an upstanding citizen who never had any sort of trouble with police the past. 

Who knows?  

When an agency blatantly ignores these laws with arbitrary decisions like this, there is an inherent problem. 

Everyone should be treated the same and for some reason Adams County is making a highly suspicious exception. 

The Second Day

The Two 911 Tapes

These were difficult.

The first one was 27 seconds long.   We could hear about 30 gun shots (by one detective’s count) in the background.   That’s around one per second.   It conjured a chaotic, horrific scene.

The second 911 tape was the most difficult.  Complete desperation as a 14-year-old girl pleaded for help as she was checking the pulse of her two fatally wounded cousins.  Describing the fear and despair is a lost task.

There must be many victims from that theater who have no physical wounds.

The Apartment, Guns & Ammo, and the Planning

From the massive amounts of ammo purchases beginning in May to the sophistication of home-made explosives in the apartment, it is apparent there was long-term planning with intricate, methodical detail that occurred for months.

At this point, there doesn’t seem to be any indication that the people around the suspect, from his family, friends and fellow students, knew about what was happening in secret.

The fact the suspect was described as methodical may be hard for his defense team to reach the state established threshold of insanity, if they take that road.

However, Dr. Max Wachtel, a criminal forensic psychologist, did tell me once during an interview there are mental conditions that allow people to function in reality while lost in their own conceived “comic book” world.

There are many people who believe, including some victims, that the suspect is faking his mental illness.

Forest Service Censors information on Prescribed Burn

Names blacked out. Names Colorado State Forestry doesn't want you to see.

When you are a government official who makes decisions that may affect the health and safety of the public, part of your job is being held accountable.  That comes with the territory of your job.

Too bad the public won’t know who is responsible for the prescribed burn that got out of control.

The Colorado State Forestry Service has blacked-out the names of government supervisors on documents relating to the prescribed burn.

Here’s the document.  On page one you’ll see the names blacked out.

The reason for the redacted names is “for security and safety reasons,” according to a spokesperson for the agency.  I have written the agency back demanding it cites specific state statute on why they are blacking out names of the supervisors.

The people who lost their homes, their property and their lives in this fire had their safety and security compromised.   They deserve to know who’s responsible for that prescribed burn.  I hope eventually Colorado State Forestry agrees.