Susan Holmes case: What happened in court Thursday Wochit
Susan Holmes has been in the public spotlight since July 1, 2017 — the day her 19-year-old son, Jeremy, was fatally shot by Fort Collins and Colorado State University police.
Since then, Holmes has been a vocal advocate against alleged police brutality and use of deadly force in Larimer County via multiple protests and a failed bid for Fort Collins City Council in 2019.
Holmes has also been involved in several court cases against Colorado State University police and one of the officers involved in the shooting death of her son. Judges have ruled against her in all lawsuits she’s filed.
In January 2020, Holmes filed an extreme risk protection order against the CSU officer. The judge denied her petition, and later a warrant for Holmes’ arrest was issued, accusing her of lying under oath. She was arrested at her home on Feb. 4.
Here is a timeline of Holmes’ advocacy and court involvement since her son’s death:
July 1, 2017, shortly after 8 p.m.:Susan Holmes’ 19-year-old son, Jeremy Holmes, is fatally shot by Colorado State University and Fort Collins police. Susan Holmes had called the police concerned Jeremy Holmes was armed and would threaten his brother.
July 3, 2017: Fort Collins Police Services identified Erin Mast as one of the officers who shot Holmes, and CSU identified Cpl. Philip Morris as the other officer who fired a weapon.
July 19, 2017: Larimer County District Attorney Cliff Riedel cleared Morris and Mast of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of Jeremy Holmes.
October 2017: Susan Holmes participates in a protest at CSU holding a sign that says “Kill All Police …They’re Killing Us!”
Nov. 21, 2017: The Colorado State University Police Department releases redacted body camera footage of Jeremy Holmes’ shooting.
December 2018: Holmes files a civil lawsuit demanding CSU release the unredacted body camera footage of her son’s shooting. Holmes had viewed the unredacted body camera footage at Fort Collins Police Services prior to the redacted footage being released to the public, but a physical copy of the footage had not been provided to her.
Late 2018: Holmes launches a bid for Fort Collins City Council. Her platform focused on police brutality and use of force policies.
Feb. 19, 2019: Holmes is removed from a Fort Collins City Council meeting when her protest for police training reform disrupted a meeting.
Fort Collins City Council candidate Susan Holmes was removed from City Hall Tuesday night when her protest for police training reform disrupted a meeting. The Coloradoan
March 22, 2019: Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith calls attention to Holmes’ October 2017 protest where she was photographed holding a sign that said “Kill All Police.” In the post, Smith accused Holmes of advocating for the murder of police officers and discouraged residents from voting for her in the upcoming City Council election. In a statement to the Coloradoan, Holmes defended the protest, claiming the sign was “intentionally provocative” and she was not truly advocating people to commit acts of violence.
April 2, 2019: Susan Holmes loses in the City Council election.
July 30, 2019: An Eighth Judicial District Judge rules CSU acted lawfully in denying Holmes’ request to release the unredacted body camera footage of Jeremy Holmes’ shooting.
Jan. 9, 2020: Holmes files a red flag petition, also called an extreme risk protection order, against Morris. In the petition, Holmes claims Morris had a history of violence and that she and Morris have a child in common.
Jan. 15, 2020: In a Facebook post, Smith calls Holmes’ petition a “fraud” and says he will not serve the petition or the notice of the upcoming hearing to Morris, as required by law.
Jan. 16, 2020: An Eighth Judicial District Judge denies Holmes’ red flag petition. Holmes refuses to present evidence at the hearing, claiming she believed she would not get a fair hearing from the judge. A sworn statement from Morris claims he did not have a child in common with Holmes, as Holmes claimed under oath on the request for the petition.
Jan. 23, 2020: An arrest warrant accusing Holmes of perjury and attempting to influence a public servant, both Class 4 felonies, is filed by the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office.
Jan. 30, 2020:Holmes is named in the weekly “most wanted” notification issued by the sheriff’s office.
Feb. 4, 2020: Holmes is arrested in her home by Fort Collins police, and the arrest is reportedly live streamed on a YouTube channel.
Feb. 5, 2020: Holmes is released from custody on a personal recognizance bond. Her first court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 14
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