OC lawmakers ask DOJ to investigate police knowledge of alleged shooter

Colorado lawmakers have asked the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general to investigate local law enforcement’s knowledge of a man accused of killing five people and injuring others others in a shooting in Denver last month.

Representatives. Ed PerlmutterEdwin (Ed) George PerlmutterThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: 2021 ends with 40-year high inflation On the trail: Pensions offer window into House Democratic mood The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden will play the right to voting in Atlanta MORE (D), Jason RavenJason CrowDemocrats look back on Jan. 6 with emotion Jan. 6 brings Democrats and Cheneys together — with GOP mostly absent (D), Diana DeGetteDiana Louise DeGetteCO Lawmakers Ask DOJ to Investigate Police Knowledge of Alleged Shooter Hillicon Valley – Biden Misinformation Warning Lawmakers Call on Tech Companies to Take Suicide Site Threat Seriously and Limit Its visibility MORE (D) and Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseBiden Addresses Coloradans After Wildfires: ‘Incredible Courage & Determination’ Overnight Energy & Environment – Virginia Braces to Battle Official Trump-Era Balance/Sustainability – Mars could start to “terraform” MORE (D) said in a letter sent to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz on Thursday that they “have serious concerns about the information sharing and response from law enforcement officials and whether it has been adequate, timely and thorough.”

“We are asking your office to conduct an investigation into whether law enforcement was aware of the seriousness of the shooter’s threats, the actions taken in response to those threats, including closing investigations, and whether the sharing of information between agencies was adequate,” they said. wrote.

Authorities say Lyndon James McLeod, 47, killed five people and injured more in a shooting in Denver last month. According to law enforcement, McLeod knew several of the victims. He died after exchanging gunfire with police.

Denver police had received warnings before the incident from Andre Thiele, a German who participated in book chat groups with McLeod online, the Denver Post reported earlier this month.

Thiele, in an interview with the Post, said he also informed the FBI both online and by mail of McLeod’s behavior.

Police Chief Paul Pazen revealed at a press conference last month that McLeod was on the “radar” of law enforcement due to investigations in 2020 and 2021. No charges were ultimately filed in either case.

Thiele told the Denver Post that he had “several concerns” about McLeod because of online comments and books McLeod had shared with the band.

Thiele shared the complaint he filed with the Denver Police Department with the Denver Post, which read as follows: “there is a remote but undeniable possibility that the accused could commit a terrorist act. I cannot in good conscience say that he will act with certainty, but I can say that if he were to act, the result would be devastating. He wouldn’t stop at anything then.

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