Court documents released yesterday indicate a psychiatrist treating Aurora, Colo., theater shooter James Holmes warned campus police a month before the rampage and reported that he had threatened and intimidated her.
As reported by the Associated Press:
“Campus police Officer Lynn Whitten told investigators after the shooting that (Holmes psychiatrist) Fenton had contacted her. Whitten said Fenton was following her legal requirement to report threats to authorities, according one of the documents, a search warrant affidavit.
“Dr. Fenton advised that through her contact with James Holmes she was reporting, per her requirement, his danger to the public due to homicidal statements he had made,” the affidavit said.
Whitten added that Fenton said she began to receive threatening text messages from Holmes after he stopped seeing her for counseling, the documents said.
Now, none of this is any particular surprise.Â It has been reported before that campus police were warned about Holmes, and took no action because he had already dropped out of the University of Colorado at Denver.
What is interesting is the sudden appearance of these documents after the passage of Colorado’s new law banning full-size magazines. It is hard to imagine it was entirely a coincidence that they remained under wraps during debate on the bill, when pro-gun legislators could have pointed to them as evidence of the university’s failure to protect the public from a dangerous nut.
The official explanation for the sudden appearance of the documents was the appointment of a new judge in the case. Call me a cynic, but I suspect they were released now because the need to suppress them had passed.