DENVER (CBS4)– Police in Denver arrested six protesters on Saturday night.
It was around 7 p.m. that officers and police specialty units- officers in riot gear- rushed to downtown Denver along the 16th Street Mall where the group of about two dozen protesters had gathered.
It is unknown exactly why the group was protesting, however the demonstrators seemed to express solidarity with recent Occupy movement protests in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Some held up signs reading “Solidarity With ABQ.”
Last Sunday, what started as seemingly peaceful protests over 37 police shootings in Albuquerque- 23 of them fatal- since 2010, ended up with police firing tear gas into the crowds and a handful of arrests. One Albuquerque police officer was injured.
Police in Denver did use pepper spray on the protesters to stop those who were attempting to interfere with police activity and on-going arrests. Police have not said what behavior led to the arrests.
The protesters were originally thought to be with the Occupy movement however Occupy Denver tweeted that it was not an Occupy event, instead that it was an Anonymous Every 5th event.
No property damage has been reported. No officers were injured.
Those arrested were facing minor charges like interfering with police.