VIA| As the Colorado Springs community mourns and struggles to understand the horrifying attack at a Planned Parenthood clinic that left one police officer and two civilians dead on Friday, the Colorado Springs Police Department is coming under fire again.
The shooter, 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear, quietly surrendered to police after hours of terrorizing the town. While speculation abounds regarding his motive for the attack, accusations are being leveled at the Colorado Springs police that he was taken alive only because he is white:
White cop to white man: hey let me do you the service of taking you in a alive #PlannedParenthoodShooting
— huh-sawn (@Habdinur) November 28, 2015
In response, the Colorado Fraternal Order of Police posted a scathing rebuttal to their Facebook page, and urged others to share it with anyone repeating the accusation:
In part, the post reads:
What the race baiting morons who believe that he was spared because he was white fail to acknowledge is that just this year alone there have been numerous shootings of police officers where the suspects were taken into custody. Many of those suspects were persons of color. They were not executed. They were taken into custody.
A vigil was held in Colorado Springs Saturday night to honor the victims, and Officer Garrett Swasey was remembered by many as an exceptionally giving and vital member of his community.