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Clear Creek County sheriff's deputies indicted, fired over shooting death of Christian Glass

The 22-year-old Boulder man was killed after calling 911 for help near Silver Plume last June

Two Clear Creek County sheriff’s deputies involved in the shooting death of a 22-year-old Boulder man who called for help after crashing his car were indicted by a grand jury Wednesday and fired, authorities said.

The Clear Creek Sheriff’s Office announced the indictment and firing of Andrew Buen and Kyle Gould on Wednesday night, saying, in a news release, that it was “part of a painful but necessary process.”

Court records show Buen, who shot and killed Christian Glass, was indicted on charges of second-degree murder, official misconduct and reckless endangerment. The grand jury indicted Gould on charges of criminally negligent homicide and reckless endangerment.

Fifth Judicial District Chief Judge Paul Dunkelman sealed the indictment and issued arrest warrants Wednesday for Buen and Gould, according to a news release from the 5th Judicial district attorney’s office. Bail is set at $50,000 for Buen and $2,500 for Gould.

https://www.denverpost.com/2022/11/23/christian-glass-shooting-deputies-indicited-fired/ via @denverpost

Trump now raging against Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, bizarrely says his name 'sounds Chinese'

Apologies for the source but I could not resist. His ongoing meltdown has been quite enjoyable. Also it appears Murdoch is done with TFG.


WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump ranted Friday against Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin, saying his last name “Sounds Chinese” and claiming the governor “couldn’t have won without me” last year.

“Young Kin (now that’s an interesting take. Sounds Chinese, doesn’t it?) in Virginia couldn’t have won without me,” the 45th president said series of posts on Truth Social. “I Endorsed him, did a very big Trump Rally for him telephonically, got MAGA to Vote for him – or he couldn’t have come close to winning.


Friday’s bizarre statement followed a Thursday broadside from Trump aimed at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ahead of the real estate mogul’s expected announcement on Nov. 15 that he will run for the White House in 2024.

“Now that the Election in Florida is over, and everything went quite well, shouldn’t it be said that in 2020, I got 1.1 Million more votes in Florida than Ron D got this year, 5.7 Million to 4.6 Million? Just asking?”

Boebert's race might not be recounted

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert held her lead over challenger Adam Frisch into the fourth day of ballot counting in the 2022 midterm elections, with an ever-shrinking number of ballots yet to be counted.

The congresswoman took the lead in the race Thursday afternoon and gained momentum since then. As of 8 a.m. Friday, she was ahead by 1,122 votes, representing just a fraction of a percent margin between the two candidates, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

The race is not yet over, out-of-state and overseas ballots can still be counted so long as they arrive by Wednesday, and ballots requiring additional verification can be fixed until then as well. And if the race ends with a slim-enough margin it will trigger an automatic recount, which would last into December.

But Boebert’s current lead sits above the automatic recount threshold of approximately 810 votes.


Texas Supreme Court ruling opens possibility that late Harris County ballots won't be counted

After several Harris County polling places opened late, a state district judge ordered voting locations there to stay open until 8 p.m. But the state’s highest civil court blocked that ruling.

The Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday set the stage for a legal fight over whether to count ballots Harris County voters cast during an extended hour of voting ordered by a lower court.

That lower court ordered that the state’s most populous county extend voting hours until 8 p.m. after several polling places were delayed in opening. The state’s highest civil court blocked that ruling and ordered Harris County to separate ballots cast by voters who were not in line by 7 p.m., the normal cutoff for voting in Texas. The Supreme Court’s order followed a request by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton to reverse the lower court’s order. The Supreme Court posted the order on Twitter at 8:30 p.m.


The order to keep polls open an extra hour at nearly 800 polling places came after the Texas Organizing Project sued Harris County, citing issues at numerous polling locations that opened more than one hour late Tuesday. Many Harris County voting locations also experienced voting machine malfunctions that caused delays and temporary closures throughout the day, the lawsuit claimed. The county did not fight the request for extra voting time.


Harris County has regularly come under the scrutiny of Texas Republicans in the last few election cycles. The county was at the center of sweeping Republican legislation passed in 2021 to further restrict the state’s voting process and narrow local control of elections. That new law, known as Senate Bill 1, banned methods championed by Harris County in the first major election during the pandemic — 24-hour voting and drive-thru voting, both of which were disproportionately used by voters of color.


"Trump is livid" and "screaming at everyone," after last night's disappointing midterm results


What is going on in Texas?


Look at our Dems go!




Grand jury to review fatal police shooting of 22-year-old Christian Glass in Clear Creek County

A grand jury will meet several times next month to review evidence of the June 11 shooting, the Fifth Judicial District Attorney said Wednesday

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY — A grand jury will decide if police officers will face criminal charges in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Christian Glass inside his car after he became stranded in the small mountain town of Silver Plume and called for roadside assistance.

The grand jury was empaneled Tuesday to review the June shooting and is expected to meet several times next month, Fifth Judicial District Attorney Heidi McCollum said in a news release Wednesday evening.

“It is imperative that we reach the right decision and not rush into judgment — in fairness to the family of the victim and those involved with and impacted by Christian’s death. Most of all, I am absolutely committed to seeking justice in this case,” McCollum said in a statement. “The Grand Jury, through their subpoena power and sworn testimony, will aid us in reaching the right outcome.”

Glass’ death raised questions about how law enforcement responds to 911 calls involving someone who is having a mental health crisis. The Clear Creek County Sheriff’s Office said Glass became “argumentative and uncooperative” and tried to stab an officer. Video from the encounter, though, shows that Glass, who made a heart with his hands toward the officers and said he was terrified, never got out of his car.


Clear Creek County deputies needlessly rushed, failed to de-escalate in shooting of Boulder man who

called for help, experts say
Sheriff’s Office lists de-escalation techniques — many of which were not followed in the arrest of Christian Glass

The first Clear Creek County sheriff’s deputies on scene acted with needless aggression, the group failed to pursue alternative communication options when they couldn’t get Glass to step out of his car, and they created a violent encounter when they broke one of the car’s windows while failing to maintain a safe distance, they said.

“He’s not breaking the law — he’s sitting in his car,” said Shamus Smith, a former New York City police officer and trainer who now studies policing at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. “Sit and wait and make it turn into a waiting game.”

Attorneys for Glass’ parents last week released body camera footage of the killing early June 11 of Glass, which prompted questions from local and state authorities. The Clear Creek County Board of Commissioners in a statement said “the circumstances around his death are deeply troubling.”

Gov. Jared Polis spoke with Glass’ parents and in a statement called for the expansion of teams that pair officers with mental health professionals. There’s no such program in Clear Creek County.

“This tragedy should never have happened,” Polis said in the statement.

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