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Police Again Don Riot Gear In Downtown Denver, 20 Arrested

DENVER (CBS4) – About 20 people have been arrested in downtown Denver after police scuffled with Occupy Denver protesters on Saturday afternoon and evening.

About 2,000 protesters marched through downtown Saturday morning. It was the fourth consecutive week the protesters gathered. Witnesses said around 3:30 p.m. officers in riot gear lined up in front of the state Capitol. Some protestors then approached the Capitol steps and officers started to move them off.

Most of the protesters proceeded to move to Civic Center Park.

Denver police spokesman Matt Murray said officers fired pepper spray balls at a man in a tree.

Murray said that one of their officers was knocked off his motorcycle and the motorcycle tipped over. A Colorado State Patrol squad car had been tagged with graffiti. CBS4’s Jennifer Brice said she saw a “99%” spray-painted on the car. Murray said some officers were also kicked by protesters.

Witnesses also reported two men attempting to take batons from officers and throwing rocks.

occupy2 Police Again Don Riot Gear In Downtown Denver, 20 Arrested

An image from the protest on Saturday (credit: Mark Neitro)

Some of the protesters received medical treatment, but nobody was hospitalized, according to Murray.

The Associated Press reported Rep. Ed Perlmutter visited the protest and tried to calm the crowd down.

Things began to calm down and some officers were released from the scene around 7:15 p.m.

PHOTO GALLERY: Occupy Denver

  • Justin

    This sounds like a couple of small kids on the playground tattle telling on each other to their teacher…”He hit me.” “She hit me first!”

    Doesn’t the DPD have anything better to be doing than this? Suppose now’s a great time to rob a bank…

    The police presence there now at this peaceful protest is an embarrassment and a waste of resources on the part of the city.

    • Susan

      You are absolutely right!

      • Sue

        I guess you just can’t fix stupid. Now speaking of Zombie’s, oh well, enough said!

      • Susan

        I meant to say that Justin is correct, not Sue. It’s the Zombie Crawlers last week who were seeking attention. The number of police deployed to intimidate people who are exercising their Constitutional right is making our city look ridiculous.

    • Sue

      You’re in the dark about what goes on at these “peaceful protests”. If they didn’t have to deal with these attention seeking idiots, it wouldn’t even be necessary. I guess you sometimes can’t fix stupid! Please keep in mind your comments when you need the DPD and they have to deal with the peaceful protestors. I bet most of them could care less about the cause, it’s about the “look at me” attention.

      • Mary Stevens

        Sue – you hit the nail square on the head. I could not agree with you more. These mind numbed Occupy zonbies are only parroting back their talking points and basking in the warmth of the TV camera lights.

    • RHO

      There are rapes and other crimes being committed. These people are just animals.

    • johnGalt

      Typical LEFTIST! Its always ‘Opposite Day’.
      If you say its “peaceful” that means its violent.
      If you say its violent, that means its peaceful.
      How many arrests did the Tea Party have?….NONE!
      How many arrests is the OWS?….still counting!

      Liberalism is a mental illness

      • Mary Stevens

        Straight out of Orwell’s 1984, eh? “Spontaneous” means “organized”. I wonder if the Obamacrat backers of these Occupy militias are going to pay for the damage to the park and the police vehilces – or will taxpayers have to foot the bill for these plus all the other “freebies” the Occupy militias are demanding?

    • Brian

      Predictable. Start blaming the police. So boring. OSW gets a little tear gas, gets a little ticket and they act like some sort of atrocity has been committed against them. Their idea of sacrifice would be a good day for someone living under some of the despots in this world. Cry babies. Thank goodness most people in this country are strong, resilient and are able to look after themselves. Those people may not represent 99% anymore but they know what’s important and what hard work is all about. These punks whine when and officer raises his or her voice. Now that’s embarrassing.

  • R M

    It’s apparently OK for DPD to beat innocent persons but heaven forbid that someone try to exercise constitutional rights of assembly. Shoot a man lying bed to death? OK. Try to protest at the Capitol? Beat ’em. DPD is good at that.

    • Daviru

      Please identify the incidents of “innocent beatings” that you refer too. I watched the video of the idiot who thought it would be a good idea to push over the cop on motorcycle. If i am not mistaken – that idiot just ASSAULTED the officer. Then to watch the video and listen to how many other idiots didn’t think the that idiot should have been arrested – including the person recording the event as if it would be used against the police. If people can’t protest “peacefully” than they should expect this kind of reaction.

  • Gary

    What’s with all the riot gear, swat team appearance by the Denver PD? That’s enough to make anyone want to start slinging rocks. It looks very Halloween to me. Police need to look more civil and stop intimidating people. And rubber bullets? If they wanna play cowboys and indians, then dress the part, don’t come looking liike Darth Vader.

    • Daviru

      You are aggravated because a man doing his job, is trying to protect himself? You view that as provocative?? I would hate to think what would happen to one of these officers if they happened to wander into this angry mob alone. Remember, we have freedom of speech to protest but when it becomes abusive and threatening – it needs to be controlled.

    • Brian

      Yeah, the police are so scary Gary. Do you sleep with a night light to keep the boogeyman away?

  • Gerry L

    Does the phrase ” The Whole World’s Watching ” mean anything to you people???? When did it become a crime in th USA to hold a peaceful rally apposed to something that is OBVIOUSLY a problem. Can anyone say Vietnam ?????????????

    • Daviru

      Nothing wrong with a “peaceful” rally…..It doesn’t look very peaceful when people start assaulting cops, You need protection from yourselves.

  • Rusty ONeal

    When the police tell you to move back, you need to move back. If you are with people that are not doing what the police tell them what to do you deserve what they get. If you are in any county state or city you need to follow the laws, or pay the consequences.

    • Don Gaylien

      Rusty ONeal is ignorant of American History. Is he too young to remember the civilian protests that were required against the government to bring about Civil Rights in this country? Is he too young to remember the anti-Vietnam war protests? Was Rusty too stupid in high school to remember the protests required in our past that led to women getting the right to vote in our country? Rusty is either an idiot or he’s a communist.

      • Rusty ONeal

        This is the type of comment is expected from the supporters of this group. Name calling and insults of anyone that disagrees with there point of view. The civil rights movement was a great time in our countries history. I am insulted that this group of socialist cry babies compare themselves to the civil rights movement. The civil rights movement had focused objectives. I have heard every thing form a desire to collapse Wall Street, were most Americans have there retirement. Down with big business witch employ or drive employment across the country. Then finally I just want someone to pay for my this or that. Good job keep it up.

      • Steve

        Thank you, Rusty!

  • Sharon H. Lions

    Your coverage of the Occupy Denver Movement is some of the most biased and unprofessional journalism I have seen. I am outraged that you would allow your reporters to deliberately mislead the viewers as you have. I have been there every Saturday for the marches, I am not a police hater, and I am not a supporter of violence on any side of this matter. What I have witnessed is a HUGE overreaction of the police. There are a handful of unruly young people in a crowd of a couple thousand peaceful protesters. There has been NO need for hundreds of police in riot gear to descend on this primarily peaceful group. You, clearly and deliberately, reporting that this enormous expense is due to the Occupy Denver Movement is a complete lie. I resent your choice to lead the public to believe that this peaceful protest is responsible for the city waisting thousands of valuable dollars, week after week, on a primarily peaceful demonstration. Could this be a result of your news cast being sponsored by Bank of the West???

    • JohnGalt

      Really Sharon?! Do you know who is supporting your “peaceful protest”? The Communist Party USA for starters. Don’t forget you just got a KKK nod and the American Nazi Party from Michigan. Nice friends you have there!

      • Daviru

        Sharon, lets not forget Iran along with many other nations that would love to see us wiped off the map!!

  • Nathan

    I am a minister who has been with the Occupy Denver group on multiple occasions, and if I hadn’t been writing a sermon I would have been there today. I am appalled at the excessive police presence and the excessive force used against this peaceful protest. Not once have I witnessed violence by the protesters, and at every general assembly nonviolence has been a core theme. Anything to the contrary is against the purpose of the group. Police in riot gear with guns and pepper spray can only lead to bad results. Shame on Colorado and Denver’s leaders for misusing the police, wasting money, and trying to stop peaceful protests rather than asking how we might address the deep injustices in our nation and state that are the reason for these protests.

  • Steve

    Maybe they should ‘occupy’ themselves with getting a job. They may find that actually WORKING is way better then complaining about not working. Also, they may even forget what they were protesting in the first place (if they even know). Stop occupying yourselves with some make-believe doom and gloom and occupy yourselves with being productive members of society.

  • Remove This Trash

    These government teat suckers are too blind to see that they are the reason the USA is bankrupt. These idiots are among the 47% of non-federal tax payers.

    Somehow or another these math-challenged trashpots think that they’re among the 99% of taxpayers left over when you take the top 1% aside as scapegoats for the problems caused by the gullibility of those who sold their votes for the promises of irresponsible politicians.

    Remember, people: Obama just said these are “his people” and fully endorsed the protests.

    • Brian

      Well said.

  • lolcatlol

    Also worth mentioning is that “Wall Street” had itself a history making month… profit wise! ooops! :)

    Another thing: The internet now allows people to exercise freedom of speech anytime they wish. Why are these people allowed to threaten violence and mayhem by their constant presence and social interruptions? That’s not speech! That’s harassment and obstructionism. Not to mention the huge amounts of money they cost the cities! Use the internet for your “speech”, the 60s are long over. There is technology now!

    Send these spoiled kids and “rent-a-mobs” home.

    Next time, before you believe some college (who wants your money), do your own research… It not rocket science to see that 90% of these college degrees aren’t really worth squat in the $marketplace$! It’s not OUR fault you were stupid enough to believe a liberal arts degree was worth more than the paper printed upon. And let’s not forget ethnic and gender studies, the “value” those subjects must hold to society are priceless! *mock*

    I guess science is too hard and thus any degree will do?? lol

    Grow up please, tyvm

  • Occupy Losers

    Another great example of the losers that call themselves Occupy Denver:

    Occupy Denver losers knock motorcycle police officer to the ground:

    Hickenlooper has failed the citizens of Denver – take a hike Hick – you suck!

  • Al Right

    OWS Movement has collected over $500,000 in donations so far, and yet they get angry when the homeless try to eat one of their 5 star chef prepared meals!

    How about Occupy a Soup Kitchen?
    Check out more of the stats on OWS at my website.

  • Milt Johnson

    The OWS folks have plenty of time to make their point. Sorry, but they are embarrasing themselves and impeaching their arguement, which was confused at the outset. Time to move on.

  • Mary Stevens

    So much for “spontaneous” and “peaceful” protests. It goes to show that the Occupy (place city name here) is anything but. I hope that Occupy Denver is raising money for the repairs to the cruisers and the park?

    I only hope that Denver has an early snow and these radicals go skiing…

    On the other hand, Occupy Denver will probably soon become Occupy Palm Springs – at least until spring.

  • JOE

    Go home and stop this nonsense before someone really gets hurt. What the hell are you protesting anyway?

  • Joe

    Don’t even think of raising your inane protest to the civil rights movement which had some real visionaries and a real purpose.

  • Sal

    Te party people paid to demonstrate legally. No violence occured except the union thugs who beat up a black guy selling bumper stickers at a rally last summer. Yet the media did not pay much attention to them. The occupy movement’s string of crimes is hidden as much as possible by the left wing media. Instead, pseudo journalists like Bob Shieffer are upset because one of
    Herman Cain’s campaign people smokes which is hilarious since not a word by him or the other media darlings about Obama’s smoking behind closed doors

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