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Posted on 01/09/2002 12:14:37 PM PST by t-shirt
Deputy admits to Columbine tape
January 8, 2002
Sheriff says written statement on shooting of Rohrbough was true but that recording isn't
By Kevin Vaughan, News Staff Writer
A sheriff's deputy has acknowledged that it is his voice on controversial tape recordings in which he claimed to have seen a student shot at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999.
Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan said he has heard the eight short sections of the tape that were played last week for reporters after Deputy Jim Taylor issued a written statement denying that he'd seen any of the victims wounded in the school tragedy.
"It is Taylor's voice, and he has admitted that it is him on those pieces," Sullivan said Monday.
Sullivan was asked how the tape recording matched Taylor's written statement, which was given Dec. 31.
"It doesn't," Sullivan said.
? However, Sullivan said he believes Taylor was telling the truth when he denied seeing anyone get shot.
The Dec. 31 statement "is solid," Sullivan said.
"It is the truth," he said. "What's on the tape isn't."
If Taylor did see Rohrbough get shot, it would call into question the official timeline of events issued by the Jefferson County sheriff's department, which has determined that Rohrbough was killed by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris in the first minutes of the rampage, before any law enforcement officers arrived.
Taylor, who has been with the department since 1988, remained on administrative leave Monday. He did not return a message left at his home.
The controversy came in the wake of a Dec. 26 court filing in which the family of Daniel Rohrbough named a Denver police officer as the alleged killer of the boy. In that court filing, the Rohrbough family cited as evidence statements made by Taylor to the boy's mother and stepfather, Sue and Rich Petrone.
They alleged that Taylor had told them he had seen Rohrbough get shot outside the school just after arriving.
Five days later, Sullivan's office issued a press release, claiming that Taylor was never in a position to see anyone get shot at the school. It also claimed that "Deputy Taylor states that he has not said anything to the Rohrbough family that could lead them to believe he witnessed any shots being fired at Columbine."
Then came the release of sections of the tape.
In them, Taylor talked about seeing a boy get shot in the chaos at the school. He told the Petrones that "it was Dan, and I didn't know that until I seen the photo the next morning in the newspaper that it was the boy that I seen."
That same day, Sullivan's office released Taylor's written Dec. 31 statement.
Sullivan said he could not discuss the conflict between the two statements because it is under investigation.
In the meantime, Sullivan and members of Rohrbough's family have agreed to meet Friday.
Sullivan has asked that he be allowed to hear the entire tape-recorded discussion involving the Petrones and Taylor and his wife.
But the boy's father, Brian Rohrbough, said, "I'm not going to release the full tape at this time."
Contact Kevin Vaughan at (303) 892-5019 or vaughank@RockyMountainNews.com.
I've always kind of ignored you, but you really are pathetic.
Do you think two wrongs make a right?
That is really over the line. If you are a law enforcement officer, as some on this thread have written, you should be hanging your head in shame over the actions of the police that day, denouncing their manifest cowardice for the stain it has left on your profession, a cowardice which all the world witnessed on television, rather than worrying about "smears" from reporters and slandering the parents of a murdered child.
Stay well - Stay safe - Stay armed - Yorktown
More authoritarian spin to cast anyone that they see as a threat as the villains and they as the saints.
"If Taylor did see Rohrbough get shot, it would call into question the official timeline of events issued by the Jefferson County sheriff's department, which has determined that Rohrbough was killed by Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris in the first minutes of the rampage, before any law enforcement officers arrived"
Obviously he saw the police shooting because he personally, while being recorded, testified to the parents the facts.
"Sullivan said he could not discuss the conflict between the two statements because it is under investigation. "
Typical authoritarian response to give them time to come up with an improved spin to try and extricate themselves form the previous lying fabrication.
It appears our initial impressions of Columbine and law enforcement 'shortcomings' were fairly accurate, doesn't it?
On a more serious note didn't the initial reports say only the deputy at the school directly exchanged fire with Klebold or Harris? What happened to the other 150 rounds the police fired. Who were they shooting at?
You're joking, right?
You mean you don't like all these SEAL wannabees running around getting their rocks off kicking in other people's doors?
Former Marquette County Sheriff Steve Sell has a different take.
"Quite frankly, they get excited about dressing up in black and doing that kind of thing," he said.
From this thread.
This SWAT thing will destroy the moral authority of the police.
The cops KNOW what is right and have the tools and authority and experience to carry it out.
They apparently did not.
The two young adult males were not actually "sane" as far as "normal" people would define it. Their act was MORE terrifying, but probably more connected with their status in life as deranged youths on prozac and ritilan...
The cop who kills in cold blood and lies about it to cover his arse, is more disgusting than a KNOWN criminal who makes no pretense at "righteousness" within the culture. The criminal is doing as expected. The cop is behaving JUST as badly as that criminal by the act, but worse because of our expectation of him to do what is right as an "upholder" of the laws WE gave him to enforce, and which he is sworn to obey. Killing an unarmed youth and lying about it IS worse if you are a cop, from a MORAL standpoint.
The cop has not only killed, but violated our trust, and besmirched the character of all the good cops who are out there everyday. He has killed the kid, and our trust, and killed to some degree the very integrity of all the other cops that are out there. For that reason there ARE aspects of this cowardly act by a cop that ARE far worse societally than the acts of two whackjob kids on the prescription form of crack...
It's our trust that has been violated, not just the ACT of killing. The cop violated our moral trust, and we are all feeling the impact. I would say that even you have been negatively impacted by this guys actions. What he has done, and what you have said in his defense, has probably NOT made any points with your fellow freepers. The guy hurt YOUR reputation by what he did. Deny it if you choose... but the guy hurt you when he hurt the kid and lied about it. He hurt us all.
Word of advice... YOU continue to be the best cop you can, if you are one.
I thought that needed repeating.
LEO's described as above are just government agents of force, functioning at the behest of government on the behalf of government. Often the interest of government organizations & functionaries is at odds with the interest of the people. The object of the 'To Protect and To Serve' clause is what? Government? The People? They are not the same.
I always carry on or about my person:
a) A tape recorder.
b) A single-use 35mm camera (cuz it's light & fairly small)
These things are good to have handy for many things. Encounters with LEO, as we have seen. Also in case of an auto accident, after checking to see if everyone is ok , snap a few shots of the cars before anyone moves them and of the other people involved etc. Also if you see some suspicious looking middle-eastern guys doing something that seems strange or out of place TAKE THEIR PICTURE & RECORD WHAT THEY ARE SAYING. That is no violation of law.