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Marvin Booker protest rally and march on the 16th Street Mall: A photo gallery

Earlier this month, we reported that a rally for Marvin Booker, who died in Denver jail this past summer, would take place Saturday on the 16th Street Mall. That evening, a crowd of approximately 200-300 people -- some sporting bandannas, some waving signs -- turned minimally violent as trash cans were overturned and public property was violent, prompting the arrival of the Denver Police Department gang unit. See a photo gallery of the rally below.

The gang unit arrived just as the protesters were passing Champa Street, and amid flashing lights, the crowd disbanded. The officers on duty declined to offer any insight into their response to the protest, even threatening me when I continued to pry. I asked for business cards and additional information but was turned down -- so I called 911. The dispatcher could not tell me the names of officers, but she was able to provide call numbers for the police cars. The call numbers can then be traced back to the precinct, which can then determine the names of officers on duty.

The following photo gallery begins with shots taken shortly before the protest broke up, leading to images of officers suiting up in riot gear. Despite highly publicized stories of brutality involving the likes of Michael DeHerrera and Alexander Landau, the officers were not particularly cooperative.

Local media offered very little coverage of the march. On the last page below, see a video of the rally courtesy of Denver Cop Watch:

A vandalized shoe-polishing hut on 16th Street Mall.
A vandalized shoe-polishing hut on 16th Street Mall.
Photo by Britt Chester
Some of the overturned trash cans were cleaned up by patrons and employees of surrounding businesses.
Some of the overturned trash cans were cleaned up by patrons and employees of surrounding businesses.
Photo by Britt Chester
Marvin Booker, whose death was allegedly caused by brute force, is remembered.
Marvin Booker, whose death was allegedly caused by brute force, is remembered.
Photo by Britt Chester
The size of the protesting crowd grew as it traveled down 16th -- until the police arrived.
The size of the protesting crowd grew as it traveled down 16th -- until the police arrived.
Photo by Britt Chester
Officers closed streets momentarily to allow safe passage for the protestors and to protect civilians.
Officers closed streets momentarily to allow safe passage for the protestors and to protect civilians.
Photo by Britt Chester

 

A head-on view of the protest.
A head-on view of the protest.
Photo by Britt Chester
Oscar Grant says he was a victim of BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) officers who "accidentally" shot him in the back while being detained.
Oscar Grant says he was a victim of BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) officers who "accidentally" shot him in the back while being detained.
Photo by Britt Chester
Jonny Law arriving on the scene.
Jonny Law arriving on the scene.
Photo by Britt Chester
Suiting up in riot gear.
Suiting up in riot gear.
Photo by Britt Chester
Officers wielded three-foot-long batons, which were put away almost as quickly as they were brought out.
Officers wielded three-foot-long batons, which were put away almost as quickly as they were brought out.
Photo by Britt Chester

 

Making sure there was plenty of pepper spray.
Making sure there was plenty of pepper spray.
Photo by Britt Chester
More gear.
More gear.
Photo by Britt Chester
The Gang Unit packs heat in those trunks.
The Gang Unit packs heat in those trunks.
Photo by Britt Chester
Four officers waiting to hear what to do next. The radio dispatcher was giving a Madden-worthy play-by-play of the all the action.
Four officers waiting to hear what to do next. The radio dispatcher was giving a Madden-worthy play-by-play of the all the action.
Photo by Britt Chester
Gas masks and pepper-spray bombs, just in case.
Gas masks and pepper-spray bombs, just in case.
Photo by Britt Chester

 

Congregating in preparation.
Congregating in preparation.
Photo by Britt Chester
"Errrr, I think my zip ties is broken..."
"Errrr, I think my zip ties is broken..."
Photo by Britt Chester
Multiple bags of anti-riot gear were strapped and ready within minutes.
Multiple bags of anti-riot gear were strapped and ready within minutes.
Photo by Britt Chester
Another officer in waiting.
Another officer in waiting.
Photo by Britt Chester
Excited? Hmmm...
Excited? Hmmm...
Photo by Britt Chester

 

And just like that, it all goes back in.
And just like that, it all goes back in.
Photo by Britt Chester
Gang Unit DPD car.
Gang Unit DPD car.
Photo by Britt Chester

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