Report: Colo. shooter’s shrink talked to cop prior to massacre
Sources say a University of Colorado police officer was contacted weeks before the Aurora attack
AURORA, Colo. — The psychiatrist who treated the shooter suspected of killing 12 and wounding 58 at a “Dark Knight Rises” screening contacted police several weeks prior to the massacre, according to a news report.
Citing unnamed sources, ABC News said Monday that Dr. Lynne Fenton expressed concerns to a University of Colorado police officer about James Holmes’ behavior. Under state law, breaching doctor-patient confidentiality is legal if there is believed to be a serious and imminent threat to the safety of others. (emphasis TF)
Police and university spokespersons, under court-issued gag orders, did not comment on what the officer did with the information. However, it was reported that the officer was recently interviewed as part of an investigation by Aurora Police.
Fenton had contacted members of the campus threat assessment team, which reportedly had never met about Holmes after he announced he was withdrawing from the university.
OK, let’s drop the BS about doctor/patient confidentiality shall we?
Some folks seem to think that because they work in the medical field they are infinitely well qualified to comment on ALL matters related to medicine and police work; they are NOT! I have NO problem with people speaking from a platform of truth and knowledge, but generalized assumptions are going to get you into a ton of trouble on The TexasFred Blog because I WILL find sources to back up my every statement!
In this post: James Holmes referred to University of Colorado threat-assessment team, sources say I had a reader (Katie) tell me that even though Holmes had quit school, the school had NO responsibility to report this guy as a threat to the public in general.
That is as wrong as wrong can be Katie. I’m not sure how things work in YOUR world, and you can post links to Wikipedia about doctor/patient privilege until HELL freezes over, but the fact, a word you really liked using in that commentary, the FACT of the matter is this: Dr. Lynne Fenton expressed concerns to a University of Colorado police officer about James Holmes’ behavior. Under state law, breaching doctor-patient confidentiality is legal if there is believed to be a serious and imminent threat to the safety of others!
The doctor, Lynn Fenton, did her very best to get the message across to intervention teams and law enforcement authorities.
So, the FACTS that you present just don’t support you on this one Katie! And for what it’s worth, FACTS are generally accompanied by LINKS to citation!
Also, from my original story: Dr. Lynne Fenton was so alarmed by the behavior of James Holmes that she notified the campus-wide threat-assessment team that she helped create years before.
It appears to me that Dr. Fenton did a great job of analyzing what is turning out to be a crazy SOB that murdered a lot of people, and it also appears that Dr. Fenton wasn’t too damned concerned about this doctor/patient thing because the lives of others were is danger, clear and present danger.
In that same thread a great friend and brilliant Law Enforcement mind, Bloviating Zeppelin, had this to say.
The system failed PURPOSELY because PC individuals FEARED being “judgmental,” just as the US military FEARED reacting to Nidal Hassan.
In both instances, both systems are RESPONSIBLE for DEATHS because they FEAR. Western systems would rather sacrifice YOU than be accountable and logical in the face of insanity and terror.
There is NO wrong in reporting a psycho to the authorities when the lives of others are at stake, this doctor/patient BS looks real good on some TV Cop and Lawyer show but in the REAL world it works a lot differently.
I am not making this post to be picking on you Katie, but here on MY blog, facts are ALL I have, I research all of my posts extensively, I link to reputable sources and when I post an opinion I make sure that it is clearly understood to be an opinion, I don’t just post the word FACT in all CAPS and hope for the best!
So let me make myself VERY clear in this; if the police knew that James Holmes presented an immediate danger and did nothing, if this crisis intervention team knew that James Holmes presented an immediate danger and did nothing, they are BOTH indeed culpable in this matter.
And Katie, regarding your insisting that Holmes is not crazy but is an evil genius, there is a very fine line between genius and insanity.
I stated that in MY opinion Holmes is crazy, you stated as FACT that Holmes is an evil genius and was protected by rich parents. Again an unsourced opinion, now I have to wonder; are you any more qualified to ascertain the mental stability of an individual than I am?
I based MY OPINION on the findings of Dr. Fenton. Where did your FACTS come from?
Perhaps Holmes IS attempting to set up an insanity plea, perhaps he’s not truly insane, at least by your definition Katie, but what level of sanity does a person have to surpass before they reach the INSANE plane? No SANE person could have committed these acts!