A Hero Stopped the Colorado Shooter. The Cops Locked Him Up - The Tuesday AM Quickie 11/22/22
I am going to use this intro to recap the World Cup for the time being because it has already taken over my brain: England beat Iran 6-2 (!!!!), the Netherlands snuck a 2-0 victory over a largely robust Senagal, and the U.S. tied 1-1 with Wales after conceding a penalty in the last 10 minutes. By the time you read this, Argentina will have played Saudi Arabia (5 a.m. EST, yikes), and Denmark will be underway against Tunisia. Then there's two huge games: Mexico vs Poland (vamos El Tri!!) at 11 a.m. EST and France vs Australia at 2. - Jack
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THE BIG NEWS
The Colorado Shooting's Hero Got Manhandled By the Cops
On Monday more details about the Colorado shooting emerged that cast the entire tragedy in an entirely different light. As I mentioned yesterday, authorities and the press new very early on that the shooter was stopped by bystanders at Club Q, but the details of exactly what happened inside were still unclear. The real story is both a story of absolute heroics under fire and an example of how broken our social system is.
Here's how it went. When Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, stormed into the club and opened fire, a local brewery owner, Richard Fierro, jumped into action. Fierro spend 15 years in the U.S. Army. Listen to this heartbreaking passage from the Times:
It was supposed to be a chill family night out — the combat veteran and his wife, Jess, joined their daughter, Kassandra, her longtime boyfriend Raymond Green Vance, and two family friends to watch one of his daughter’s friends perform a drag act.
It was Mr. Fierro’s first time at a drag show, and he was digging it. He had spent 15 years in the Army, and now relished his role as a civilian and a father, watching one of his daughter’s old high-school friends perform.
“These kids want to live that way, want to have a good time, have at it,” he said as he described the night. “I’m happy about it because that is what I fought for, so they can do whatever they hell they want.”
That's allyship! That's the kind of thing that shooters like Aldrich want to destroy. But even after inflicting horrible violence at Club Q, Aldritch quickly ran up against a force he couldn't beat: Fierro and a trans woman also at the club – who smashed his face in. Here's the account of the moment:
The long-suppressed instincts of a platoon leader surged back to life. He raced across the room, grabbed the gunman by a handle on the back of his body armor, pulled him to the floor and jumped on top of him.
“Was he shooting at the time? Was he about to shoot? I don’t know,” Mr. Fierro said. “I just knew I had to take him down.
Fierro tackled the man, who he said was over 300 pounds and dressed in body armor, knocking his rifle away and then grabbed his handgun, beating him in the face with it while yelling at other patrons to kick the shooter in the face. His actions, and those of other patrons, undoubtedly saved lives. But true to form, then the broken American system kicked in. Read this and try not to lose your mind:
Mr. Fierro was covered in blood. He got up and frantically lurched around in the dark, looking for his family. He spotted his friends on the floor. One had been shot several times in the chest and arm. Another had been shot in the leg.
As more police filed in, Mr. Fiero said he started yelling like he was back in combat. Casualties. Casualties. I need a medic here now. He yelled to the police that the scene was clear, the shooter was down, but people needed help. He said he took tourniquets from a young police officer and put them on his bleeding friends. He said he tried to speak calmly to them as he worked, telling them they would be OK.
He spied his wife and daughter on the edge of the room, and was about to go to them when he was tackled.
Officers rushing into the chaotic scene had spotted a blood-spattered man with a handgun, not knowing if he was a threat. They put him in handcuffs and locked him in the back of a police car for what seemed like more than an hour. He said he screamed and pleaded to be let go so that he could see his family.
The man who stopped the attack was thrown in a police car for more than an hour while not knowing if his family was alive. This is absurd. What were the cops doing there? Not saving lives, that's for sure. The community that Club Q built did that themselves. But they never should have had to.
MORE STORIES TO WATCH
Earthquake Kills 172 in Indonesia
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Java, the main island of Indonesia on Monday, causing hundreds of buildings to collapse across the city of Cianjur, as landslides cut off access to the city's main hospital. As of Monday evening, the death toll stands at 172 with hundreds more injured and many missing – that number is expected to rise as rescuers continue to sort through the rubble. I thought this paragraph was particularly frightening (via the Times story linked above):
The Cianjur district is one of the most dangerous areas in Indonesia, suffering frequent floods, landslides and droughts as well as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions, according to the Indonesia Disaster Risk Index.
Basically, these people get battered by everything – as do so many in developing, and extremely high population parts of the world.
Chaos At Supreme Court Over Leaks May Prompt Investigation
Congress is taking a closer eye at the federal judiciary, specifically the highest court in the land, over the actions of one strident anti-abortion advocate who – somehow – appears to have gained inside knowledge as to the court's decisions before they were announced. Here's the relevant grafs from the NYT:
A New York Times report published on Saturday chronicled yearslong efforts by the Rev. Robert L. Schenck, an evangelical minister and former anti-abortion leader, and donors to his nonprofit to reach conservative justices and reinforce anti-abortion views. In 2014, he said, he obtained advance word of the outcome and the author of the decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, a major case about contraception and the religious rights of corporations.
That decision — like the one leaked this spring, overturning the right to abortion — was written by Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. Mr. Schenck said he learned the Hobby Lobby details from a donor who had dined with Justice Alito and his wife. Both the justice and the donor denied sharing the information.
Wow. I wonder who leaked those??? Wow!!
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