What is collateral relief? Colorado Springs suspect had criminal record wiped before shooting

USA Today: The suspect in this weekend’s shooting rampage in Colorado Springs was known to law enforcement long before authorities say he walked into Club Q, an LGBTQ nightclub, and opened fire, killing five people and injuring 17 others. 

Back in 2021, sheriff’s deputies in SWAT gear responded to his home for a bomb threat after he allegedly threatened his mother with a homemade bomb, forcing neighbors in surrounding homes to evacuate while the bomb squad and crisis negotiators talked him into surrendering.

Critics say the concerning behavior is exactly the type of indicator that police or family could use to request an “emergency risk” order to strip firearm access and prevent gun violence. 

But if members of the public inquire about the incident, the police, court and prosecutors all are required to say there is no record of it, almost as though it never happened. 

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