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Denver, CO — As we reported last month, the internet and televisions were ablaze with news of the mass shooting in Greenwood, Indiana after another young coward emerged from a bathroom inside the Greenwood Park Mall and began killing innocent people. The coward killed three people and injured several others before 22-year-old Elisjsha Dicken — a hero who disobeyed a gun free zone — pulled out his pistol and ended the coward's rampage.

The media coverage didn't last long. Because the Greenwood shooting was difficult for the media to exploit, it fell out of the news cycle with quickness.

There was another mass shooting, however, that the media did choose to ignore which unfolded on the same day as the Greenwood shooting. In Lower Downtown Denver six innocent people were shot as gunmen opened fire into a crowd of people early that Sunday morning on July 17th.

The shooters' faces weren't plastered all over the television and internet however because the bullets that struck three women and two men — were taxpayer funded. Fortunately, all six of the victims survived, but this instance still qualifies as a mass shooting, according to the official definition.

Now, after repeatedly denying requests for video that night, the Denver police department has finally released it. Spoiler alert, it does not justify the officers use of deadly force which led to six innocent people being shot.

According to authorities, 21-year-old Jordan Waddy allegedly brandished a gun and pointed it in the direction of several police officers as bars closed early that morning. Waddy never fired the gun but officers certainly did — and they couldn't have cared less about the innocent lives around Waddy which were all put in danger by their reckless actions.

The newly released video shows that Waddy never pointed the gun at officers and had, in fact, dropped it to the ground before they opened fire on the crowd. Denver police previously said Waddy was holding the gun by the slide on the top when the officers fired — which means he couldn't even fire it — but this video proves he wasn't holding it at all.

“The Department of Safety and Denver Police Department remain concerned about the health and well-being of those who were injured in this incident and will continue to offer support to aid in their healing,” the departments said in a joint statement after releasing the video this week.

“These videos are yet another sickening example of Denver Police Officers exercising excessive, lethal force without justification or concern for the safety of innocent bystanders,” attorneys at Rathod Mohamedbhai said on behalf of three of the victims shot by police, as the Mercury New reports. “It is a miracle that more bystanders were not injured and that nobody was killed.”

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So far, the only person charged in this incident was Waddy, who currently faces three counts of possession of a weapon by a previous offender and one count of third-degree assault. Waddy’s attorneys did not object to the release of the videos in his case.

Witness Guillermo Cortes told the Denver Post that the only person who put innocent lives in danger on that day were police. He said police chased off two men who were fighting and before catching the men, at least two officers pulled out their guns and began recklessly firing into the crowd.

“I’m pretty sure we would’ve been shot had we been standing in the wrong spot,” Cortes said.

After carrying out a mass shooting, police said nothing and never mentioned that it was them who fired into the crowd and that it was their bullets who struck innocent people. In fact, police refused to answer any questions and only released the following statement nearly 24 hours after the shooting.

“The Denver Police Department understands the community’s desire for additional information and the department is committed to both maintaining the integrity of this investigation and sharing additional details as soon information has been confirmed through the investigation,” the news release stated.

So much for integrity.

It is instances like this one which compel the Free Thought Project to write articles comparing mass shooting deaths to police shooting deaths. Earlier this year we gathered the data and found that at the beginning of 2022, police had killed 2,200 percent more people than all mass shooters combined since 2018.

While these numbers are staggering, they should come as no surprise given the fact that police themselves, just carried out a mass shooting in Denver.