Police investigating incidents involving Colorado justices after Donald Trump removed from state's ballot

Police investigating incidents involving Colorado justices after Donald Trump removed from state's ballot

Police investigating incidents involving Colorado justices after Donald Trump removed from state's ballot

Following the court’s decision to remove former President Donald Trump from the state’s presidential primary ballot, police said Tuesday they are examining incidents directed at Colorado Supreme Court justices and increasing patrols outside their residences in Denver.

The Denver Police Department declined to release specifics about its investigations in an email, citing safety and privacy concerns as well as the fact that they are continuing.

The department “is currently investigating incidents directed at Colorado Supreme Court justices and will continue working with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to thoroughly investigate any reports of threats or harassment,” the email said.

On Thursday evening, officers arrived to the house of one justice, but police claimed it seemed to be a “hoax report.” According to authorities, that matter is still under investigation.

The FBI stated that it is collaborating with local law enforcement on the investigation.

“We will vigorously pursue investigations of any threat or use of violence committed by someone who uses extremist views to justify their actions regardless of motivation,” a spokesperson for the Denver’s FBI office, Vikki Migoya, said in a statement.

In a 4-3 decision last week, Colorado’s highest court overturned a ruling from a district court judge who found that Trump incited an insurrection for his role in the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, but had said he could not be barred from the ballot because it was unclear that US Constitution’s insurrection clause was intended to cover the presidency.

The state’s highest court didn’t agree, siding with attorneys for six Colorado Republican and unaffiliated voters who argued that it was nonsensical to imagine that the framers of the amendment, fearful of former confederates returning to power, would bar them from low-level offices but not the highest one in the land.

The court stayed its decision until Jan. 4, or until the US Supreme Court rules on the case. Colorado officials say the issue must be settled by Jan. 5, the deadline for the state to print its presidential primary ballots.