Colorado Cop Says He Didn’t Mean ‘KILL THEM ALL’ Literally
A Colorado police officer who has been on the force for 20 years was suspended after posting “KILL THEM ALL” on a June Facebook live stream showing protesters blocking an Interstate 25 exit in Colorado Springs.
On June 30, a group of 20 protesters used the interstate to march downtown as part of the nationwide anti-police brutality protests happening in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Colorado Springs Police (CSPD) Sergeant Keith Wrede posted “KILL THEM ALL” and “KILL ‘EM ALL” on a live stream of the protests while logged on to his now-deleted Facebook account.
Wrede was interviewed by the CSPD’s internal affairs division about the comments on July 15. According to a transcript from the exchange, Wrede said he posted the comments via a personal Facebook account that he created under the name “Steven Eric,” which Wrede told investigators was a mixture of his late brother’s first name and his own middle name.
“My only understanding was that they were blocking I-25,” he told investigators when asked about the nature of the protest. Wrede also said the protesters were part of the Black Lives Matter movement and that he “understood what they were trying to accomplish in the street that day,” which he says included issues such as “the murder of George Floyd, police reform
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