Denver's Ferguson Protest Began Peacefully Last Night but Ended in Arrests

Denver police march on protestors last night.
Denver police march on protestors last night.
damcollective screen capture

For a second night, Denver marchers took to the streets as part of a nationwide action in response to the decision of a grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Several hundred people -- a much bigger gathering than the previous night's -- met at Civic Center Park around 6 p.m. and then marched west through the streets of downtown, stopping several times to lie down in intersections in protest before eventually ending up in front of the Denver jail.

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Footage via damcollective.tv/fergusonsolidarity

The march continued to the I-25 viaduct. Up until that point, police and protestors had interacted peacefully. Across the country, similar marches had made it onto highways and major intersections, with Ferguson supporters effectively shutting down freeways in Atlanta, Boston and Cincinnati as well as the John F. Kennedy Bridge in New York and the 101 in Los Angeles.

But not in Denver. Several arrests were made around 8 p.m. of people who were accused of obstructing the roadway. And while Denver police maintain that there was no tear gas deployed, protesters were reporting otherwise. While much of the group dispersed peacefully, varying accounts of what happened after appeared via the real-time posting on Twitter from both civilians and the Denver Police Department:

Denver's Ferguson Protest Began Peacefully Last Night but Ended in Arrests
Denver's Ferguson Protest Began Peacefully Last Night but Ended in Arrests
Denver's Ferguson Protest Began Peacefully Last Night but Ended in Arrests
Denver's Ferguson Protest Began Peacefully Last Night but Ended in Arrests
Denver's Ferguson Protest Began Peacefully Last Night but Ended in Arrests

The Denver Police confirmed via twitter that four arrests in total were made. The remaining protestors eventually walked back from I-25 and into downtown, stopping at the intersection of Colfax and Broadway to lay in the street one last time. There is another tentative gathering planned for this evening in Civic Center Park.


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