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Red Rocks shooting: Attorney David Lane on whether police response may have broken laws

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More photos below.
As part of our coverage of last week's shooting at Red Rocks during the Nas-Flying Lotus-Schoolboy Q concert, we've shared a detailed description of the law enforcement response from Jeffco sheriff's office rep Jacki Kelley as well as accounts from Bree Davies and Mary Willson, two Backbeat contributors who were at the show.

The experiences of Davies and Willson occasionally differ from the description of events offered by Kelley. But did authorities break the law? We sought out the opinion of attorney David Lane, who last month filed a lawsuit on behalf of people subjected to searches and more following a 2012 bank robbery in Aurora -- with the latter delayed for far less time than were many Red Rocks attendees.

On June 2, 2012, as we've reported, Christian Paetsch, a former high-school music teacher, broke bad in a big way, donning a beekeeper's mask to rob a Wells Fargo bank in Aurora.

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Surveillance footage of Paestch in action.
The suit notes that the cash stolen by Paetsch, who was sentenced to just over seven years behind bars for the crime back in April 2013, included a GPS transponder that signaled its general location to the Aurora Police Department. But as Lane told us at the time of our previous post, the APD didn't have the proper equipment needed to zero in on the device's exact location.

"The FBI had the pinpoint locator," Lane maintained, "but it was a Saturday, and when the Aurora police called, no one was home. So an on-duty agent had to drive for over an hour to get the pinpoint locator -- and when he finally arrived, he didn't know how to use it.

"At that point," he continued, "everybody had been detained for over an hour. People were pulled out of their cars at gunpoint, including a fourteen-year-old child, who had a high-powered rifle pointed directly at his chest. And pointing weapons at children is never all right unless the child is armed or you have some compelling reason to believe the child is armed."

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The scene in June 2012.
In addition, some of the plaintiffs in the Aurora case claim to have been manhandled by police. Lane says one man who'd just undergone surgery was forced to his knees, then yanked by his shoulder in ways that still require physical therapy.

At this writing, we've heard no such stories coming out of Red Rocks, where officers from multiple agencies were on the lookout for a gunman who opened fire on an SUV containing hip-hop star Schoolboy Q; although the rapper was uninjured, three people in the vehicle with him were hurt. But while Jeffco's Kelley says that to her knowledge no concert-goers were asked to leave their cars so that law enforcers could search them, Davies reveals that this happened to her. Likewise, Kelley suggests that most people were held up for about ninety minutes after the show's midnight-or-so conclusion, but Willson was stuck for about four hours before she finally got going.

Were these violations? They might be, Lane believes.

Continue for more of our conversation with attorney David Lane about the shooting at Red Rocks, including additional photos.



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24 comments
muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yet not a one of you will do anything about this.

Mike Vigil
Mike Vigil

Cops fucking suck they always break the law and it's oak but when some one else does it it's not alright they need to pay the price just like everyone does

britvec
britvec

Detained?  or kidnapped by the authorities? 

chunt6
chunt6

A bunch of crybabies.

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

An ambulance chaser thinks there might be a case here? No way....

UKnowItsTrue
UKnowItsTrue

It is a horrible idea to detain a large amount of people in a crowded venue when an active shooter situation is un-resolved. The police already know this. They just assume you don't. Martial law over a shooting at a rap concert? Please. It is ALWAYS safer to remove yourself from the threat. ALWAYS. The only people that want to see you and your school-children 'shelter in place' and wait to die are the police. This is for their safety, obviously not yours.....

Matthew Aaron
Matthew Aaron

Yeah i pull my pants down and show them my ass.

Gary White
Gary White

so you hear 'shots fired' you just spread your cheeks?

Draven Lantz
Draven Lantz

Yeah most certainly they broke laws. But cops break law all day every day, its illegal and immoral but they still do it anyway.

Matthew Aaron
Matthew Aaron

Who cares there were reports of shots and as a State we do not have the best track record.

Peter William Goodwin
Peter William Goodwin

If they had reasonable cause/suspicion to search without a warrant, than no. Considering they had no clue where the shooter was, I'd say it was grey territory. They weren't doing it to violate people's rights , they were doing it to try and protect. This is a pretty classic case of 'damned if you do and damned if you don't'. Everybody loves to hate police until we need them. Edit: that being said…fuck the police.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

"everybody had been detailed [sic] for over an hour. " -- detained

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@muhutdafuga ... so much for the Guntards' Second Amendment Rally Cry that their precious pistols are necessary to defend against Government Tyranny !!



ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

@UKnowItsTrue You realize the definition of "martial law" would be if those police were Army instead of police officers, right?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... they crave the Fist of Government Authority.

patricia.calhoun
patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

@RobertChase thanks, robert. I was in southeast Colorado without Internet access. This has been corrected.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase ... 10 hours and still no Wasteword editor in sight.


Good thing Patty C allows employees to get stoned on and off the job, eh?



ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @ryan.cordova Surprisingly, not everyone makes it their life goals to win over the thirteen year old anarchists that you count as your sole friends.

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