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Resource ID: #17345
Subject: Police
Source: Westword (Denver)
Date: 2000-04-13



A Westword investigative series focuses on little-noticed aspects of the shootings at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 and the reaction of the police. The stories uncover "troubling questions ... concerning what police officers knew about the killers prior to that day, the inadequate law enforcement response to the "siege" at the school, and the integrity of the investigation..." The series examines "the missteps by the sheriff and his investigators that alienated victims' families." The reporter points to a slow-moving operation that "allowed a heroic teacher to bleed to death over the course of four hours..." as an outrageous example of the wrong police reaction to the shootings. The series also reports on "gaps in the official record that continue to fuel allegations on stonewalling and cover-up."

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