I signed up and posted. My comments are as follows.
I have 3 things to add to this:and to the other poster:
1) No laws were broken during this incident. Neither Mr. Miller nor LPD violated any laws. Yes, Colorado is an open carry state however, expect to raise some flags when you choose to exercise this right. Just beacuse it is LEGAL doesn't mean that it is RIGHT (would the incident have happened if Mr. Miller would have chosen a more suitable location to test his holster?) I applaud the person who was concerned and notified LPD even though I disagree with her judgement.
2) LPD was just doing their job. LPD responded to a concern from someone in the area and acted within the scope of the law. The situitation could have been handled better, I agree and I am sure that LPD is resolving the issue with the officer on their end with some form of awareness training. Given the recent events that have happened near the lake, Mr. Miller could have used some common sense in this situitation as well (don't pour gas on buring coals!).
3)School officials did the right thing! What was the main reason for the school lockdown? The safety of our children. I would rather the school be locked down for Mr. Miller than have it open during a real active shooter event. Consider it another version of a fire drill or a test of the school's emergency procedures. If a simple drill in an effort to protect our children ruins your day then step back and re-evaluate your priorities.
At the least I hope that everyone learned from this event, either to use some common sense when dealing with sensitive issues such as firearms near family areas/schools; or dealing with law abiding citizens (and police officers)in a respectful manner; or that the citizens here in Loveland care about their community and have the conviction to act if they notice someone with a firearm than just sit back without concern for others, especially for our children.
1) Your incorrect .I read the police report, and they detained Mr. Miller because someone called in a complaint about him having a gun. That does not meet the legal requirement to detain him, therefore they did “break the law”, which is why the ACLU is looking into this case. There are other similar cases around the country where agency’s have been/are being taken to task for such unlawful behavior, and that is as it should be. It would be a dangerous road to travel where the police can just stop anyone they feel like for any reason they deem fit. That would be a society without rule of law, and would quickly dwindle into a police state
2) No, they were not, “just doing their job”. If that were so, then this wouldn’t be an issue. Their “job” is to enforce laws, harassing law abiding citizens (which is what they did here) is not, “their job”.
3) If you think locking down a school makes children safer, then it’s no wonder why your so off on your other points. It doesn’t protect your children.
“… I know all about the Constitution and the rights it affords. And in my business, I also know how much it costs the City to defend something like this and personally I would rather see that money going to other, worthwhile causes - you know, like education, maybe. Especially in this economic climate. JMO.”
If you feel the city is wasting money on this, then maybe (just maybe) you should voice your opposition to the violation of a citizen’s rights. Had the officers not violated this mans rights, then there would be no, “costs to the city to defend something like this…”
Don’t blame the citizen who did nothing wrong. It’s the police who acted out of line, and that is why they are in a position to, “…defend something like this…”