Aurora residents take stand against threats to police officers

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AURORA, Colo. — Dozens of people gathered at the Aurora Police Department on Wednesday night to take a stand against recent threats to police officers.

It is not every day a group of adults stands in a circle holding hands in public. It was called the “Circle of Love” to show support for their community’s police officers.

“It just shows that people care about one another and we all do. Sometimes we get caught up in our every day lives and forget that we can say thank you,” event organizer Christopher Pentico said.

Pentico came up with the idea after hearing about a threatening 911 call to Aurora dispatch Sunday night.

“Aurora and Denver, we are about to start striking fear shooting down all cops that we see by their selves [sic],” the anonymous caller said to the dispatch operator.

Pentico started a Facebook post asking people to join him in creating a human circle around the Aurora Police Department. The idea took off on social media.

“I think these guys have been bullied enough that I think it’s important that the community come together,” Aurora resident Stacey Pentzlin said.

Pentzlin and her children were part of the 50-person circle. There were not enough people to circle the building, so they circled a group of Aurora police officers instead.

“To protect these guys. We have their back. Every single day these guys are going out there now and they’ve got threats against their lives and stuff with crazy people we’re an extra set of eyes,” Pentico said.

Aurora police are still investigating the anonymous call.