The FBI and Denver police have initiated investigations into threats made against the justices of the Colorado Supreme Court who recently ruled that former President Trump cannot be included on the state’s ballots for the 2024 presidential election. Following the decision, Denver Police Department spokespersons revealed that additional patrols are being provided around the residences of the justices due to the threats. The ruling was based on the application of the 14th Amendment’s insurrection clause to Trump in connection with his actions during the January 6 U.S. Capitol riot.
Nonpartisan research nonprofit Advance Democracy conducted an analysis revealing “significant violent rhetoric” from Trump supporters online against the justices and Democrats after the majority ruling. The posts demanded the disclosure of judges’ personal information, with one user on a far-right, pro-Trump website making a disturbing reference, stating, “All fing robed rats must fing hang.”
“The FBI is aware of the situation and working with local law enforcement,” stated the Bureau in an email to various outlets, emphasizing its commitment to vigorously investigate any threat or use of violence driven by extremist views, regardless of motivation. The Denver Police Department confirmed its active investigation into incidents directed at Colorado Supreme Court justices, emphasizing collaboration with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to thoroughly examine reports of threats or harassment.
While the spokesperson for the Colorado Judicial Branch declined to comment on security-related matters, the police assured that they would provide additional safety support if requested. The Denver Police Department spokesperson refrained from offering further comments due to ongoing investigations and considerations for safety and privacy. The authorities are taking these threats seriously, recognizing the need for comprehensive investigations to ensure the safety of the justices involved.