Shocking the Conscience

Dismissed lawsuits leave victims' families frustrated.

But no police interviews with Gardner other than the one that included his original statement have been released by the sheriff's office, despite court orders to produce all such materials. "There were evidently subsequent interviews that were not produced," Todd says. "We're not getting everything."

Todd is hopeful that state representative Don Lee of Littleton will introduce a bill in the legislature next month that could help prevent future Columbine standoffs. As envisioned by Todd, the bill would require Colorado law-enforcement agencies to revise their policies, doing away with language stating that "officer safety is paramount" in crisis situations.

"If we can't get any help from the courts," he says, "maybe we can through legislation. I don't know."


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