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CSPD Internal Affairs investigating ‘KILL EM ALL’ comment on protest stream

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Colorado Springs Police Department has launched an internal affairs investigation after a comment was published on KRDO's Facebook page calling for protesters to be killed.

Last Tuesday, a group of a few dozen protesters blocked Interstate 25 near downtown Colorado Springs to call attention to Black people killed by police officers nationwide. KRDO streamed the event live on Facebook.

On Thursday, an anonymous viewer pointed out that two of the thousands of comments on the stream were allegedly posted by a Colorado Springs police officer, saying "KILL THEM ALL" and "KILL EM ALL." That profile, under the name Steven Eric, is suspected to be linked to a sergeant with CSPD.

KRDO provided screenshots of the comment and profile in question to CSPD.

A CSPD spokesperson was unaware of the comment when we contacted them on Thursday. On Friday, the spokesperson confirmed that the incident was under investigation by Internal Affairs. The spokesperson said CSPD does not condone that type of comment.

Monday afternoon, a CSPD spokesperson sent us this statement.

"We immediately initiated an internal affairs investigation, as the nature of the alleged comments were inappropriate and unprofessional and do not reflect the values of the Colorado Springs Police Department. The subject of the complaint is currently on vacation; upon their return, they will be interviewed as part of the investigation into this allegation."

CSPD could also not verify if the Facebook account belonged to one of their officers but did acknowledge in a phone call with KRDO that some of the pictures on the profile were of a CSPD sergeant.

The spokesperson told KRDO they couldn't speak about possible repercussions if the profile does belong to the CSPD officer in question, but he said the department is concerned and takes these types of allegations "very seriously."

KRDO is not publishing the name of the accused officer until we verify the account profile.

As of Monday morning, it appears the "Steven Eric" Facebook account has been deleted.

A CSPD spokesperson told KRDO Monday that the officer in question is currently on vacation and that they would be questioned upon return.

Colorado Springs / Local News

Chelsea Brentzel

Chelsea is an investigative reporter for KRDO NewsChannel 13. Learn more about Chelsea here.

Comments

20 Comments

  1. Dirty pigs dirty pigs. Whatcha gonna do. Whatcha gonna do when the public turns on you. Dirty pigs, dirty pigs, born in racism. Whatcha gonna do when we fight against fascism?

    1. Uh, YOU and your little movement are the fascist, racist if you have not noticed.
      Under the Liberal, BLM way of thinking this is free speech.
      Don’t like it waaa waaa waaaa.
      America is turning on your little revolution. Bunch of thugs and criminals killing children and threatening old folks.

    2. Relax. They are so afraid to do anything these days I am sure you will get away with any crime you have planned. But a good criminal flies under the radar. Last thing you want to do is draw attention to yourself.

      1. You’re a peasant compared to me. I’m willing to bet it. Hit me up if you ever wanna compare earnings. One doesn’t need to be poor or a criminal to dislike our pig system. Stop breathing. You’re a waste of everything.

        1. Sure buddy, you can be anything you want to be. It’s the Internet. The only way you can be a tough guy…or girl…or whatever’s you identify as.

          I only lick boots because your mom is a nasty, naughty little thing, boy she is a freak.

          1. Keep living off my tax dollars you little welfare turd in a green uniform. if your sorry ass ever even served.

  2. How did krdo publish the name when the account wasn’t verified yet,
    The king bets it’s a guy named Vladimir, who’s working for the Russians…..

    1. I thought the same thing, but than someone like tsco2020, whose mom doesn’t know who his dad is will post anything he can from his mom’s basement.

      1. Speaking of mothers why don’t you bring yours by for a few good punches in the face for raising such a little cesspool human? You’re literally crap on the sole of societies shoes. Stop living.

  3. Which part would that be? Protecting or serving?
    Dude probably needs a different job than working with the public.

    1. Indeed. Good on KRDO for bringing this to our attention. Here is an opportunity for the CSPD to show the community that they walk their talk. Follow up and deal with this obvious threat to the people this “bad apple” poses. Else we will know it’s a barrel full.

    1. Two indicators that made me lean more to the fact it is creditable than it is not creditable. #1 KRDO reported that CSPD stated they recognized a Sergeant with the CSPD in some of the account’s photos. #2 The account was pulled down as the investigation began. To me, one would only close the account if they found out during a shift briefing that the account was being investigated. The timing lends credence that it was a person in the ranks of the CSPD.
      One thing is for sure, either we will find out who it was or status quo will be maintained and it will be quietly handled internally so the public doesn’t get to know the facts. We shall see.

      1. I don’t know why they even released this. Its just reader bait for now. Someone called the station with a “tip”, and desperado KRDO published it.
        I am an old computer geek and its eazzzzy to trace where that really came from.
        Just trace the IP address, use legal authority to obtain who is using it and you have your man. Even if he is traveling, his MAC address ( the literal number assigned to his actual physical hardware phone.Can’t escape that

  4. If this is legit as usual one bad apple spoiled the bunch. There are a lot of good cops that joined to make a difference.
    Just like race, there are the ones who have their opinion which aren’t right but don’t hold it against all of them. There are people who truly care.
    Know it is hard to deal with the bad ones but eventually karma gets them in the end. Support our cops cause a lot aren’t bad.
    Before anyone even tried to rip me known more than my fair share of cops. Had family in the sheriff office and correctional officer.

  5. Why did KRDO livestream this. It just gives them the publicity they want. Quit reporting on all this and it will go away. No free publicity and they will lose interest.

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