Red flag laws are absolute garbage & ripe for abuse just like this case.
A Colorado mother is using the state’s red law flag as personal vendetta against police officer who killed her son in a 2017 shooting that was ruled "justified".
She’s trying to disarm the cop despite the evidence including body cam footage showing that her son’s death was "suicide by cop".
Susan Holmes filed an extreme risk protection order petition against Cpl. Philip Morris this month.
According to Colorado’s law, which went into effect Jan. 1, a family member, household member or law enforcement officer can file an extreme risk protection order petition if they consider a person to be a threat to themselves or others.
A judge then rules on the petition.In her petition, Holmes flat out lies and claims that Morris is a family member.She claims they even have a child together which is not true.
As Colorado’s 9news.com reports “On her petition, Holmes also checked the box next to the question of whether this person has posed “a credible threat of or the unlawful reckless use of a firearm.” In her explanation, she wrote: “Phil Morris used his firearm to recklessly & violently threaten and kill 19 year old Jeremy Holmes.”
Jeremy Holmes died July 1, 2017, in a confrontation that investigators described as a “suicide by cop.”
“Police said they encountered Jeremy Holmes that night and quickly learned he had a knife.Morris is heard on body camera footage of the incident asking Jeremy Holmes to drop a knife he’s holding 36 times within two minutes. Jeremy Holmes is heard asking police to shoot him.When Morris began to holster his weapon so that he could stun Jeremy Holmes, Jeremy Holmes charged at him.Morris, along with Fort Collins Officer Erin Mast, fired their guns.Both officers were later cleared of any wrongdoing, but Susan Holmes became a vocal critic of police policy in the years since.”
Colorado House Minority Leader Republican Rep. Patrick Neville said that this particular case shows the bill was "horribly written."