Apparently, Colorado police were forced to respond to criticism on Facebook that Colorado Springs officers took in the suspect at a Planned Parenthood attack that left one police officer and two others dead because he is white.
The suspect, 57-year-old Robert Lewis Dear, reportedly laid down his gun and surrendered to police after he terrorized the town for several hours on Friday afternoon.
The Colorado Fraternal Order of Police posted a message to its Facebook page, responding to the odd criticism levied against Colorado Springs police on social media.
“Sadly there are race baiting delusional ignorant fools with an agenda of hate that use any tragic event to peddle their corrupted opinion. What they don’t understand is our job is to preserve life not take it. You see for us all lives matter. That is the primary reason we join this profession. The standard we live by,” the post reads.
Reports over the weekend indicated that Dear surrendered to police after a several-hour standoff. He was holed up in a Planned Parenthood clinic with a “long gun,” reported Colorado Public Radio. He surrendered after exchanging gunfire with authorities.
“[Police] say the man brought a ‘long gun’ as well as multiple items into the clinic,” reports Colorado Public Radio. The station added, “The scene will remain active while explosives officers investigate the other items. Buckley says the scene is complicated and will ‘take hours, possibly days.’ “
He will appear in court on Monday.
On Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee commented on the shooting, describing the attack as an act of “domestic terrorism.”
“What he did is domestic terrorism, and what he did is absolutely abominable, especially to us in the pro-life movement, because there’s nothing about any of us that would condone or in any way look the other way on something like this,” Huckabee said on CNN‘s “State of the Union.”
He added: “There’s no legitimizing, there’s no rationalizing. It was mass murder. It was absolutely unfathomable. And there’s no excuse for killing other people, whether it’s happening inside the Planned Parenthood headquarters, inside their clinics where many millions of babies die, or whether it’s people attacking Planned Parenthood.”