The performance of the police in the Aurora tragedy will be a key aspect of the trial of James Holmes. How was evidence obtained? What were the details of his capture? How and when did the police learn of the booby-trapped apartment? All of these questions will be raised during the trial.
If there is one.
If James Holmes is found incompetent to stand trial by reason of insanity, how will these questions be answered then? How will we, the people, the “protected”, know how our “protectors” performed? Were they thorough, professional, reasonable, reliable? We all want to answer yes, but can we, truly?
In looking for information about the massacre, I came across a disturbing video from ABC that has bearing on the conduct of this particular police department.
On June 6th, 2012, police stopped 19 cars at an intersection they believed a suspect of a bank robbery was at, and handcuffed every adult-40 people along the side of the road for up to 2 hours. Did they get the right guy? Apparently so, it was reported, but are we sure? Was it worth the price that was paid by the other 39 innocent victims of this police action?
Police Officer Frank Fania told ABC news: “We didn’t have a description, didn’t know race or gender or anything, so a split-second decision was made to stop all the cars at that intersection, and search for the armed robber…”
In a further statement he goes on to say: “It’s hard to say what normal is in a situation like this when you haven’t dealt with a situation like this,” Fania said. “The result of the whole ordeal is that it paid off. We have arrested and charged a suspect.”
They have arrested and charged a suspect in this horrific tragedy as well, James Holmes. Questioning “authorities” does not imply a conspiracy theory is being formulated by the ones asking. It only implies the need for reasonable answers to reasonable questions from reasonable people. Transparency is good for everyone, the protected and the protectors.