The Boulder man who live-streamed the shooting scene at the King Soopers Monday afternoon drew sharp criticism from some, and praise from others, for his actions.
Dean Schiller was using his cell phone to video the police activity during the shooting at the south Boulder King Soopers on Table Mesa Drive for the YouTube channel of ZFG Videography.
Schiller appeared to be inside an active crime scene and apparently walked by victims of the attack that killed 10 people, including a Boulder Police officer. Schiller's feed drew more than 30,000 viewers as the scene played out in real time. At one point, he filmed a man handcuffed in police custody who was wearing only underwear and appeared to have blood on his leg. Schiller repeatedly identified himself as a journalist.
He was eventually removed from the area, and promptly interviewed by television reporters and other media representatives.
Social media lit up with criticism of the feed because Schiller appeared to walk by victims without rendering aid. He was also criticized for revealing tactical police information, which might have been seen by suspects during the still-active scene. Authorities asked media outlets not to reveal that type of information.
Schiller and Jedon Kerr, who describe themselves as citizen journalists, sued the City of Boulder in 2019 after they were arrested and jailed — but never charged — for filming in and around the Boulder County Jail. Their attorney in that lawsuit, David Lane of Killmer, Lane and Newman, did not immediately return an email seeking comment about Monday's filming.
The Denver independent weekly newspaper Westword wrote a story about the lawsuit in June 2019, in which they described Schiller as a personal trainer and a police watchdog. He was quoted saying: "It was extremely important, though, that we not break any laws or obstruct officers from doing their jobs."