The 4 Democratic members of Colorado’s congressional delegation despatched a letter Thursday to the Inspector Normal of the U.S. Division of Justice looking for an investigation into whether or not Denver police adequately investigated Lyndon McLeod previous to his December capturing spree.
“We request your workplace conduct an investigation into whether or not legislation enforcement businesses have been conscious of the severity of the threats from the gunman, the actions taken in response to those threats together with the closure of investigations, and whether or not info sharing amongst businesses was satisfactory,” stated the letter signed by U.S. Reps. Ed Perlmutter, Jason Crow, Diana DeGette and Joe Neguse. “We’ve got critical issues concerning the sharing of knowledge and the response of legislation enforcement officers and whether or not it was satisfactory, well timed and thorough.”
McLeod, 47, shot and killed 5 individuals and injured two others throughout an hour-long killing spree on Dec. 27 between Denver and Lakewood. Denver police acquired a warning a few 12 months in the past about McLeod and a sequence of novels he self-published main as much as the assaults. He wrote about two of the victims he would later kill final month.
Denver police Chief Paul Pazen beforehand stated that McLeod had been the topic of two legislation enforcement investigations: one in 2020 and one in early 2021. Native FBI officers have didn’t launch any details about what they knew about McLeod previous to the killings.
In Thursday’s letter to Inspector Normal Michael E. Horowitz, the delegation briefly outlined the capturing spree earlier than zeroing in on information protection of acts by McLeod, together with utilizing the names of individuals he meant to focus on within the self-published books. The letter states:
- It was additionally reported the gunman was on the radar of federal legislation enforcement for earlier expressions of extremist views and a historical past of violent episodes.
- Moreover, the Denver Police Division investigated the gunman in 2020 and early 2021, however concluded there was not sufficient proof to file costs.
- We’ve got critical issues concerning the sharing of knowledge and the response of legislation enforcement officers and whether or not it was satisfactory, well timed and thorough.
“It’s crucial we perceive who knew what info and when, and the way this info was shared and acted upon with a view to establish and shut any gaps within the info sharing course of amongst legislation enforcement,” the letter stated. “Thanks in your consideration to this matter and we stay up for your immediate response.”