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1 December 2015 - Planned Parenthood Shooting in Colorado Springs

Publié par Marion Coste le 12/01/2015

What we know about the Planned Parenthood Shooting in Colorado Springs

(The Denver Post, 01/12/2015)


Authorities are still investigating the chaotic scene that involved dozens of police officers and numerous gunshots. But witness interviews and police radio transmissions, archived by the website Broadcastify, provide insight into the five-hour ordeal. Together, they tell the story of a shooter who quickly turned his rage onto responding police officers and of police who braved heavy fire to move toward their suspect. Three people were killed and 12 others were injured.
Among those killed was University of Colorado at Colorado Springs police officer Officer Garrett Swasey, 44, who responded to calls for mutual aid and was among the first to arrive. Swasey was a church elder, ice skating champion and a father of two. His widow released a statement Sunday morning.
Two civilians were killed in the attacks.

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Patients' reactions

Planned Parenthood Patients React To Colorado Springs Shooting: 'They Were There For Me'
Elizabeth Whitman (International Business Times, 30/11/2015)
By now, Hadena James recognizes the faces of the protesters outside her local Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, Missouri. She knows the slogans they repeat over and over, like "Baby killer!"
“The protesters have always been verbally unpleasant,” James said Monday, but "there’s never been any violence.” After the shootings of three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado, however, James said she was keenly aware that “it only takes one for that to end.”
When Robert Lewis Dear Jr. opened fired at the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic, reportedly screaming during the attack, “No more baby parts!” he ignited an outpouring of solidarity from patients and supporters of the nationwide health provider. Some were infuriated by the killings, while others, like James, were wary but uncowed. Above all, many were staunchly determined to stand by the organization, insisting they would continue as they always have, visiting local clinics for annual checkups, birth control and other medical issues.

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Domestic terrorism
Searching for Answers and Comfort After Killings at Planned Parenthood
Dave Philips and Jack Healy (The New York Times, 29/11/2015)
After the congregation shared memories of a fallen police officer, Garrett Swasey, and cheered and cried through a grainy video of him competing at a 1992 skating championship, its members bowed their heads on Sunday morning to pray for the man accused of killing him at a Planned Parenthood clinic.
“Does anyone know the name of this man who shot Garrett?” asked Scott Dontanville, a pastor at Hope Chapel, where Officer Swasey had been a church elder. Someone in the audience responded: Robert L. Dear Jr., 57, an isolated man who left a long trail of arrests and clashes with neighbors and others in his life.
“I pray for his soul, Lord, wherever he may be,” Mr. Dontanville said. “We forgive him. We can’t not.”
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Anti-abortion violence

A brief history of anti-abortion violence
Kimberly Hutcherson (CNN, 01/12/2015)
Between 1973, when the Supreme Court decided abortion should be legal throughout the United States, and 2003, abortion providers have been the targets of more than 300 acts of extreme violence, including arson, bombings, murders and butyric acid attacks.
That's according to independent RAND researchers who issued a 2010 report for the National Bureau of Economic Research.
For years, anti-abortion extremists have been targeting Planned Parenthood, which provides reproductive health care, sex education to women and men and, at some clinics, abortions.
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