Is it any wonder gun sales are through the roof?
Leander McCoy of Aurora Colorado outside of Denver invited Robert Thompson, 47, to stay in an apartment with him and his girlfriend. It was a bad idea.
Thompson has a history of violence and a rap sheet. Sure enough, Thompson soon became a problem, exposing himself, threatening people, and even throwing a rock through someone’s window. McCoy called the police, who showed up and quickly assessed the situation. Then they told McCoy that they were leaving, as they’d been ordered to “stand down” to avoid escalation.
Then it got worse.
Thompson eventually cornered McCoy’s girlfriend and another woman in a bedroom, then began smashing things with a golf club, eventually vandalizing cars with the club. The police were called again but again decided to stand down. The two women were rescued through a window by the fire department.
The police said they chose to leave so that the confrontation didn’t become physical and potentially lead to the use of deadly force.
Aurora Police Deputy Chief Darin Parker said:
“I totally understand that there’s people that were, that felt like they were abandoned.”
Because they were.
Leaving a violent suspect doesn’t de-escalate the situation, it simply leaves the person to commit violence on more people. Eventually, the violent person will come up against someone with a gun. What happens then? Do we charge the citizen with murder for not de-escalating by running away or complying with the violent offender?