Officer Killed In Planned Parenthood Shooting Is Laid To Rest

December 5, 2015
Photo: Officer Swasey, Killed In Planned Parenthood Shooting, Funeral
A sea of police vehicles follows as the hearse carrying the body of slain University of Colorado-Colorado Springs police officer Garrett Swasey on Friday.

Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke to hundreds of people packed into New Life Church in Colorado Springs for the funeral of Garrett Swasey on Friday, a week after Swasey was killed.

He told Swasey's two young children that Colorado is a better place for what their father did and encouraged everyone to follow Swasey's example and "give more than we take."

In a written message read at the service, his wife Rachel said Swasey was prepared for the possibility of giving his life and felt that his personality and beliefs aligned with his career in law enforcement.

Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood clinics are open, but on guard

Bulletproof glass and armed security are nothing new at medical clinics that provide abortions.

But in the wake of  the deadly shootout last week at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado Springs, clinics nationwide are redoubling security efforts, checking surveillance cameras and reviewing evacuation plans.

Police say they're adding patrols to clinics to guard against those who might be inspired to mimic a shootout that killed three people and injured nine.

For the folks who work in the nation's 400-some clinics that provide abortions, it's a time of resolve and reflection about the dangers they face.

Planned Parenthood officials say their clinics are double-checking locks and reviewing security plans. But they say there are no plans to add new security, saying that health clinics shouldn't be treated like military compounds.