By Danielle Chavira

DENVER (CBS4) – Denver city leaders hosted a news conference on Sunday to discuss arrests and destruction from riots on Saturday night. A group of about 50-75 people rioted outside the Denver Police Department headquarters.

“They brought weapons to the table. They had guns. They brought explosives, axes, machetes, and had one intent purpose and that was to harm our officers,” said Murphy Robinson, Denver’s Public Safety Director. “I want these anarchists to hear me clearly and loudly that this will not be tolerated in our city. You are not welcome here.”

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Robinson went on to say the city plans to do everything in its power to stop these violent acts.

“Effective immediately, I’m suspending the Command PR Bond Jail Inmate cap I put in place due to COVID-19 in March,” he said. The cap aimed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the jail.

The group was calling for the department to be abolished.

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Multiple buildings suffered damage, such as broken windows. One of those buildings was the Quizno’s at 14th and Cherokee. It was boarded up Sunday morning.

“Last night was a riot in our city,” said Denver Mayor Michael Hancock. “We will not be using the words protest or march. This was a riot.”

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Some individuals also set fires in front of police headquarters.

“I want to speak to you as a Black man and as a Denver native,” Robinson said. “The narrative that these anarchists are marching for justice for Black lives is frankly false. The public needs to know that you do not represent us. Stop using the color of my skin to tear up my city.”

Chemical agents were deployed to control the crowd. Denver police officials say they’ve arrested 12 people and issued one citation. The charges range from obstruction, criminal mischief and injury to an officer. More charges are expected, police say.

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“We’re going to do everything we can, use every element of law and justice to hold those who committed these crimes in our city last night, hold them accountable,” said Hancock.

He added the city will seek action for those suspects to pay for the damage they’re suspected of causing.

“A lot of damage was inflicted on buildings last night, particularly public-owned buildings. I have instructed the City Attorney’s Office to prepare, as we can prove, those who inflicted this damage on our building, prepare to hold them fully accountable for restitution,” he said. “This should not be something born by the people of Denver, the taxpayers of this city.”

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Police Chief Paul Pazen says approximately seven of the suspects have Denver addresses, two have Boulder addresses and the rest have unknown addresses.

One officer suffered a concussion and third degree burns. That officer is expected to make a full recovery.

Danielle Chavira

Comments (18)
  1. James M says:

    A cowardly mayor, a cowardly public safety director, a puppet for a police chief. Too little, too late for this once great city. The mayor must be afraid antifa and blm is coming back to his house. Now he’s getting tough. Lol.

  2. Kathy says:

    We were driving on I-80 eastbound outside of Rawlins on Sunday and saw about a dozen of these guys crammed into two, spray painted vans. They were dressed in black (we later saw them at a gas station in Wellington), had “Black Lives Matter” and “F— the US” spray painted on their vans, and, WASHINGTON state license plates. Seattle has exported their garbage here.

  3. Randy Lahey says:

    Here’s what our Democratic mayor and governor had to say about the rioting this past weekend…………..

  4. mikesigman says:

    The Durango Herald is doing its best to not cover the riots and physical assaults in Denver by BLM and Antifa types … the idea is to hide any news that is negative for Democrats and their narrative.

  5. Mongo says:

    You get what you tolerate from these liberal animals.
    Go on offense.
    Arrest them in droves and make them sing.
    How many of them want a felony conviction on their record?
    They’ll talk.
    Hunt down the people that fund them and hunt down the people in the administration that defend and assist them.
    Find out who is posting their bail and who is providing the free lawyers for them.
    Remove the Soros prosecutors that release them without charges.

    1. Kim says:

      Flip Colorado now! Vote law and order!

      1. WS Boyle says:

        Who is law and order. A city councilwoman that wants to disband the police while leading these riots?

  6. TomTancredoFan says:

    They should have said these things months ago after the very first night of violent riots. It’s a pathetic attempt to look tough on crime. They are a complete laughingstock. They are the primary reason Denver is in decay.

  7. Vince says:

    Why hasn’t that piece of fecal matter CeDeBaca been arrested for inciting a riot?

    1. ChuckBabe says:

      It is amazing how CeDeBaca could get her Peace Force shot down Monday night, film a disturbance with the homeless on Tuesday (the main thing that incited the police was a gun that turned out to be fake). She was real proud it was all recorded. Then the shout out to those involved to sue the city on Wednesday and have a well planned riot on Saturday. Me thinks there is something rotten in Denver and this is a dangerous game of filthy politics.

  8. Silent Coloradan says:

    The “news media” loves it, because saves them having to openly and explicitly work to destroy the United States of America.

  9. Kim says:

    The destruction escalates as it was initially allowed. Why would they stop now? Democratic leaders turned away from law and order. Wrong message. Vote law and order 2020! Hint not Biden, not Hick.

  10. J B says:

    The personal info of those arrested are probably public record by now.
    SO, perhaps those who suffered damage can take out a little retribution.
    Since the city won’t make them pay, … I think I would. Eye for an Eye.

    1. James M. says:

      They’d probably get charged with a hate crime. It would be one of the very few the Denver DA’s office has charged.

  11. Jay says:

    Why on earth do these Police officer’s not have live ammunition. Everyone of those people should be round up and locked up. They need to use bullets to dispurse these criminals. They would not return and the ones lost would better America.

    1. WS Boyle says:

      If they don’t want to use bullets(too messy) then get the fire department involved with fire hose training. Probably would be the first bath the terrorists would get in over a month.

  12. FDP says:

    This makes me SO ANGRY to see this happening here. DAMN the DEMOCRAT leadership for kowtowing to rioters and allowing this to happen here!

  13. WS Boyle says:

    Pre News Conference Summary: City officials state the even tough there was damage done to city property and some local businesses there will be no charges filed against those arrested and no requirement to pay for the damage done to businesses such as the Quizno’s. All those detained by the police have been released with our sincerest apologies. If you or your business suffered any damage or lose well……..tough that is the way the riots from domestic terrorists happen they win you lose.

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