Developing: Anti-Police Brutality Protests Erupt In Denver

FRIDAY UPDATE: The Colorado General Assembly will not meet today or tomorrow.

Today Senate Democrats released the following statement in response to last night’s protests for police accountability following the death of Minnesota resident George Floyd:

“The murder of George Floyd was a senseless, gruesome act of police violence that should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The racism and violence that black communities are forced to navigate on a daily basis is abhorrent and must be stopped. We are shocked and heartbroken by the violence that erupted in our city last night and stand in solidarity with those calling for justice. Our duty is to represent the people of Colorado and the best way we can do that right now is by respecting the gravity of this moment. Therefore, in deference to the demands for police accountability, we will be suspending all legislative work until Monday, June 1. When we return, our priority will continue to be the health, safety, and well-being of all Coloradans.”


UPDATE 8:45PM: Live aerial camera as the situation around the Capitol deteriorates, with reports of vandalism to the People’s House and damage to lawmakers’ cars:


UPDATE #2: Denver7 updates on the gunfire at the state capitol building earlier this afternoon:

Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, told Denver7 in an interview from inside the Capitol Thursday evening that someone fired five or six shots from the RTD bus stop nearby into the crowd.

She said everyone ran while Colorado State Patrol troopers ushered people back inside to shelter in place. Herod said that a bullet hit the Capitol building.

“We will continue to make our voices heard and demand justice for Black communities,” Herod added in a statement. “We will not be deterred by this unspeakable act of violence.”


UPDATE: Please people, not in our town:

This is video a short while ago from Broadway and Colfax of an unknown assailant plowing their vehicle into protesters, then swerving to hit another protester attempting to flee. Viewer discretion advised.


FOX 31 reporting on chaotic protests in downtown Denver in response to the police killing of Minneapolis resident George Floyd earlier this week:

Shots were fired near the Colorado state Capitol on Thursday afternoon amid a protest demanding justice following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

At least five or six shots were fired. Officers at the scene told people to hit the ground…

About 7:10 p.m., the Denver Police Department said Interstate 25 was blocked near the 15th Street exit due to the protests. Drivers are urged to avoid the area.

No injuries reported from the gunfire near the state capitol, and the protest march continues in the area while another demonstration shut down traffic on Interstate 25 some distance away across downtown. We’ll update as events warrant, and of course we urge everyone to express their understandable anger peacefully.

18 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Hopefully somebody got the license plate number.

  2. kwtree says:

    Too crazy. Emotions are at fever pitch right now. There may be provocateurs, as well.

  3. kwtree says:

    If that camera is still live, (after 10 pm Thursday night)  the crowd is nowhere near the Capitol, but on Colfax & Washington around such illustrious businesses as Romantix, Argonaut Liquor, and the Chiba Hut. The police just freed up the intersection for traffic, and the protesters are mostly dispersed.

  4. notaskinnycook says:

    There’s still a chopper circling over the city (see the timestamp). I’m at 3rd and Lincoln-ish and it’s passing right over our house. No idea if it’s police or media. The news stopped reporting after the 10:00 pm broadcast, but I imagine people must still be down near the Capitol.


  5. JRRWIRED says:

    We have enough to worry about.  There were definitely people in the protester group looking to provoke – I was there.  It was not a peaceful protest. Choppers are still circling, and it’s 1:40 a.m.

    • kwtree says:

      JRR, I hope that you write a diary, or at least a long comment, about last night’s protests. 

      RE: provocateurs, they’re definitely out front in these protests. An undercover cop was outed in Minneapolis. He was one of the first to smash windows. 
      Then you have Trotskyites hoping to jump out in front and “lead the masses”, fake Antifa spoiling for a fight as long as it’s someone else getting arrested, a criminal element waiting for opportunity to loot, and more. I think that these folks are still only a tiny minority of the authentic grassroots protesters like yourself. What do you think?

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    Safer at home. 

  7. Duke Cox says:

    Please try to live safely, my front range friends. From a distance, it looks like a real good time to follow Dios' lead and just stay home. 

    Sometimes living in the middle of nowhere has its advantages.

  8. bullshit! says:

    Heartbreaking. And now Trump wants to shoot American civilians.

    We've been here before but not with a president like this. I'm afraid for the country.

    • JohnInDenver says:

      Extreme enough threat that Twitter masked Trump's tweets. 

      Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

      "Glorifying violence," in the view of Twitter.

  9. Diogenesdemar says:

    The murder of George Floyd by a police officer, while other police officers looked on, is beyond sickening and appalling.  That this is another in a long string of similar crimes is beyond atrocious.

    Having said that, at this time and this place over 900 miles from that crime, can someone explain to me how theses protests, in this manner, here in Colorado do anything to help that?

    If you don’t think Tweetyphuck is gleeful for these actions that distract from his abysmal Presidency, and for the news coverage diversion from his even worse handling of the Covid crisis, you’re kidding yourself.  Now, he’s free to get to do the two things he does the very best: nothing, and stirring shit up.

    Looters? — that’s Jared’s job.

    The only immediate outcome here is that the righties and FOX now get to point out the lack of Covid concerns, and social distancing, and get to use that as fuel for their ridiculous “open America” shenanigans.

    These protests here will only be useful as blame for the coming future outbreaks on the “lawless left,” not a failed President. Other than that they are harmful and destructive, in the fullest sense, and accomplish nothing.

    Fighting senseless and stupid with senseless and stupid, is always senseless and stupid . . . 

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