By Andrea Flores

DENVER (CBS4) – The Colorado Black Round Table, Denver NAACP, Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, and other Black leaders in the Denver metro area hosted a zoom conference Wednesday to denounce random violence and the destruction of property. It followed an incident in which rioters damaged a Quiznos at 14th Avenue and Cherokee Street in downtown Denver over the weekend.

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Black community leaders say while they can’t tell people how to protest, they believe the destruction of businesses and buildings across the city cannot continue. 
 
“Stop the looting downtown after hours,” said Denver NAACP President Sondra Young. “This is a two-fold thing we’re looking at here. We want people to be safe, we don’t want to dilute the message of the Black Lives Matter movement, because that’s why we’re here and that’s why we’re marching. But at the same time, we don’t want to dilute the message that police brutality is real.”

Young was just one of Denver’s Black community leaders who met over zoom Wednesday to talk about how they can clearly communicate their message.

They say Saturday’s destruction, like the damage at the Quiznos, does not align with their message of peaceful protests. 
 
“This is how I keep my family fed and clothed,” said the store owner, who wished to remain unnamed. “This is a family business.

Days later, the Quiznos owner is still dealing with the aftermath.

“I think 2020 is a rough year,” the owner told CBS4’s Andrea Flores “I understand the protests, but I think people damaging and people breaking other people’s materials is just spreading hurt.”

As the fight against social, economic, and racial injustice continues, the Denver NAACP says the best way to use your voice is by voting in November.

“You have to have anger with action,” Young said. “That does not mean tearing up things, that means getting results.”

Andrea Flores

Comments (5)
  1. Steve Crenshaw says:

    BLM is a Marxist organization. They are also terrorists.

  2. Elizabeth T says:

    What a bunch of losers doing this kind of damage to our businesses. This is getting ridiculous. So ridiculous that I changed parties from Democrat to Republican! It needs to stop!

  3. Common Sense says:

    For 3 weeks the BLM terrorized this community doing close to 2 million dollars in damages as our state and city governments shivered in their boots. And the Colorado Black Round Table, Denver NAACP, Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance, and other Black leaders did NOTHING about it. NOW all of a sudden damaging one business is a terrible thing to do?! These black “leaders” have no more intelligence than the BLM.

  4. Jay Alenby says:

    Domestic terrorism needs to be put down. The BLM movement needs to be told that they are wrong on every level and that they need to accept accountability for 100% of their problems. The politically correct cowards would rather lie than hurt someones feelings. BLM and anyone who supports them are complete fools.

  5. Kim says:

    A day late and a dollar short.

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