DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver District Attorney has formally charged two men in connection with vandalism to the Denver Police Department Fallen Officer memorial.
Robert Guerrero and Matthew Goldberg have each been charged with criminal mischief, defacing public property, desecration of a venerated object and resisting arrest.READ MORE: FBI Denver Believes Gabby Petito's Body Has Been Found In Wyoming Rollover Crash In Colorado Springs Kills Active Duty Air Force Airman
The charges allege that on Feb. 14 Guerrero and Goldberg defaced the Fallen Officer Memorial with red paint during a protest outside Denver Police Department Headquarters and then resisted arrest when contacted by police.
The protests sparked a fiery debate between police and the community because officers were following orders to standby until the protesters stopped. Some believe the officers should have stepped in sooner before the memorial was vandalized.MORE NEWS: 4 Large COVID-19 Vaccination Sites Opening This Week In Colorado
Both Guerrero and Goldberg have been released from custody on $5,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in Denver County Court on March 2 to be formally advised of the charges.