Denver Shooting Is A Legal Hot Mess
Denver Shooting Is A Legal Hot Mess
On its face, the shooting in Denver on Saturday that left one man dead looks fairly open-and-shut, when one sees the evidence.
While we might not know all the details about how the altercation began, the end result was one man pulling out mace and spraying, and the other pulling out a handgun and firing. These images were all captured by photographers, and show the actual shooting when strung together.
Here's more photos in sequence slowed down a bit. pic.twitter.com/ERITJTzShn
— L (@SomeSneakyB) October 12, 2020
The shooter has now been identified as Matthew Dolloff, and at the time, 9NEWS KUSA (a NBC affiliate) said that Dolloff had been hired as a “private security guard” by them to protect their reporters on the ground during protests.
That story began to rapidly fall apart, and now 9NEWS is looking at being sued into outer space by the family of the deceased man.
First, there are very specific licensing regulations that private security must go through in the city of Denver. It turns out that Dolloff had none of those permits.
The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses tells CBS4’s Andrea Flores (that) Dolloff was not licensed to be a security guard in the city.”
“If he was operating as a security guard, he was in violation of the law,” said Eric Escudero, a department spokesman, stated. “Security guards are prohibited from carrying or using a firearm without getting an armed firearm endorsement for their license. All security guards in Denver are required to get a federal background check before they receive their license.”
Escudero also shared Denver is one of three cities in Colorado where security guards are required to have a license to operate, and there is no requirement to have a license in the state.”
Security guards are also required to go through training which includes training on use of force.”
Second, 9NEWS claimed that Dolloff had been hired from the Pinkerton company as private security. Well, Pinkerton now says that he is NOT their employee.
Matthew Dolloff, 30, was contracted through the company Pinkerton by 9NEWS. It has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to contract private security to accompany staff at protests.”
Pinkerton, however, said it does not actually employ Dolloff – Pinkerton did not share the name of the company for which Dolloff worked.”
Which leads to point number three: Dolloff is very much a leftist, and may have ties to Antifa. Social media indicates that he was formerly a part of Occupy Denver in 2011, and there is an open question about a Space Invaders tattoo that Dolloff has on his wrist, which might be associated with one particular Antifa group. However, Denver Police initially denied that the shooter had an Antifa connection. Was that because they were told that he was 9NEWS private security, so they didn’t bother following the Antifa claims any further?
Dolloff is now being held for first degree murder, and is being held without bail.
So, here’s the problem for 9NEWS, and why the station is probably making their legal department stay up all night. Pinkerton isn’t claiming Dolloff. 9NEWS said he was “private security.” He had NONE of the permits or training to be private security in Denver. And now a man is dead. The criminal charges will fall on Dolloff, as they should, but this is a civil lawsuit nightmare for the news station, and lawyers are likely lining up to represent the dead man’s family.
If 9News has nothing to hide they can just reveal who employed Doloff. This isn't hard. Surely they have an HR department that would have a file on the guy they hired to carry a gun at events.
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) October 12, 2020
Just imagine a Very Motivated Lawyer going through discovery for the victim’s family, asking how an unlicensed security guard got hired by a news agency when the company that he supposedly worked for says he wasn’t their employee. An unlicensed, trigger happy “security guard” working for 9NEWS, who is an Occupy alumni, someone who is left-wing, and just shot and killed someone who tried to mace him. If a police officer had done that, Denver would be burned to the ground right now.
So, who hired this guy? Someone did, because 9NEWS would not have claimed him as their “private security” otherwise. And if Pinkerton isn’t claiming him, then who DID he work for? Are we absolutely, totally, and completely sure that he wasn’t “Antifa security” guiding press around and making sure that media outlets only cover what Antifa wants to be covered? That doesn’t seem outside the realm of possibility, and 9NEWS had better come up with some good answers, fast. Or they can just keep adding zeros to the check that they WILL end up writing at some point in the near future.