CEO of Pregnancy Center Targeted By Firebombing Accuses Police of “Withholding Evidence” in Lawsuit


The CEO of a pregnancy center that was targeted in a firebomb attack as dozens of pro-life facilities around the country were subject to violence at the hands of radical pro-abortion terrorists is accusing law enforcement of withholding evidence in the investigation.

Rev. Jim Harden, the CEO of the Amherst, New York CompassCare clinic that was attacked on June 7, is accusing the Amherst Police Department of failing to return video footage of the attack.

Attorneys representing the pro-life clinic have filed a special proceeding in the Supreme Court of New York in Erie County in an attempt to compel the Amherst Police Department to hand the footage over, The Christian Post reported.

According to a statement from the organization, CompassCare initially released the footage to police after the firebombing yet had been unable to make their own copy “due to catastrophic damage” from the attack.

In the months since, no arrests have been made, no public repots have been released, and the organization says that police have denied multiple requests to view the footage and failed to return it even after being sent a letter from an attorney on August 19.

“Our patience with the Amherst Police and FBI to make an arrest is at an end,” Harden said in a statement.

“The Amherst Police are withholding evidence, barring CompassCare and its attorneys from taking appropriate legal action that justice may be done and the violence can stop,” he said.

Amherst Town Attorney Stanley Sliwa, who represents the police department, told a local outlet that police are “still investigating” the crime.

“We don’t want to disseminate the tape to anyone at this time because we don’t want it to get out, what we’re doing and who we’re looking at,” he said.

Harden said that the length of the investigation compares unfavorably to the FBI response to an attempted arson attack on an abortion facility in Michigan.

“If four days are enough for federal law enforcement to arrest a perpetrator of attempted arson against a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic, 105 days ought to have been enough to locate arsonists causing a half-million dollars in damage to CompassCare’s pro-life medical office in Buffalo,” he said.

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