Protests Met with Tear Gas and Pepper Balls in Denver

Police fired tear gas and pepper balls at protestors in downtown Denver Thursday night. People had gathered as part of a nationwide movement calling for an end to the killing of black men at the hands of police in the wake of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

KGNU’s Dave Ashton was there towards the end of the evening and brings us a report with voices and sounds, including the sounds of pepper balls and tear gas canisters being fired.

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The Denverite reports that about 1000 people began a peaceful march through downtown holding signs like ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘I Can’t Breathe’. A small group splintered off and blocked traffic. Later protestors were met with police officers who wore helmets and wielded pepperball guns.

A small group of protestors crossed I-25 and stopped traffic on the highway. While the vast majority of protestors were peaceful, a small group is accused of smashing cars in the parking lot of the state capitol. At one point a black SUV, which had turned left onto Broadway, ran over a protester. The Denverite reports that police are investigating.

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