By Danielle Chavira

DENVER (CBS4) –  The Party for Socialism and Liberation protested outside the Colorado State Capitol on Saturday at noon. They called for justice for the people arrested in connection to various protests in June and July.

The 17th Judicial District charged five people in connection to alleged crimes during a protest at Aurora Police Department’s District One police station on July 3. Those charges include attempted kidnapping, inciting a riot, engaging in a riot and obstructing government operations.

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“They blockaded streets surrounding District One with vehicles and various items from nearby construction sites.  They prevented 18 officers inside from leaving the building by barricading entrances and securing doors with wires, ropes, boards, picnic tables and sandbags.  Some members of the group carried handguns and rifles and wore military or tactical clothing,” stated District Attorney Dave Young’s office.

The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Offices filed charges on four people, three of whom were also charged from the 17th Judicial District as stated above. The charges stem from three separate protests on June 27, July 12 and July 25.

Those charges include inciting a riot, engaging in a riot, theft and obstructing a highway.

The protests in June and July were in response to the death of Elijah McClain after an encounter with Aurora police in August of 2019. The officers involved have not been charged with any wrongdoing. The protests were also sparked by an inappropriate photo showing three Aurora police officers re-enacting a carotid hold at the site of the encounter.

Police placed McClain in a carotid hold as paramedics injected him with ketamine. McClain suffered heart complications and was later declared brain dead.

Those organizing the demonstration on Saturday say the charges are “an obvious frame-up aimed at stopping the movement for justice for Elijah McClain.” They say four of those arrested and charged are part of the PSL group.

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Hundreds gathered and later marched down the 16th Street Mall to the Denver Police Department headquarters.

Some restaurants closed their doors as the group passed by. It is not clear if businesses decided to close for the day or only as the group marched down the mall.

The group stopped in front of the Denver Detention Facility where some of the arrested protesters are being held. Several police officers were seen standing outside of the facility.

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“We will mount a mass campaign to defeat these phony charges and win their freedom. This attack on the Denver anti-racist movement and the PSL is part of a concerted national assault on the Black Lives Matter movement, an attack driven directly from the White House, from Governor’s mansions, and from local police chiefs and police departments around the country,” organizers stated on social media.

Danielle Chavira

Comments (20)
  1. Common Sense says:

    Party for Socialism and Liberation is the prime example of the old saying – Stupid is Stupid – carrying a sign that states “racist police terrorists” while supporting racist BLM terrorists that attacked a police station and were arrested for it. Had those arrested held a peaceful protest and not rioted and caused property damage, they would not have arrested. MORONS!

  2. Chip says:

    Trump needs to send in federal troops with the “Active Denial System” heat ray and make these thugs cry. This mob has no permit, and is breaking the law and hurting business owners. When do the “good” citizens put this mob into the Hurt Locker?

    1. Fascists, get out of the United States now!

      1. Chip says:

        Fascists destroyed businesses downtown, assaulted innocent people in their cars, looted, attacked the cops, vandalized, and started fires. Your time is coming, thug and you WILL squeel like a pig.

        1. You are a traitor and an enemy in our midst — get out now!

          1. Kim says:

            You best be leaving now. WE are armed and ready.

          2. JohnPaul says:

            Domestic Terrorists. Sedition is 20 years.

      2. JohnPaul says:

        Mob rule. You truly are a useful idiot.

        You are the Marxist Fascist.

        Your Revolution will not have the outcome you desire.

        Marxist murdered 120 million people in the Twentieth Century. Won’t happen here. Those people were unarmed.

        500+ million guns and billions of rounds of ammo.

        1. You fascist gun-nuts worship the Second Amendment, but you have no regard for the rest of our rights — none of you lifted a finger as the Fascist (Republican) and Collaborationist (Democratic) Parties abrogated the Bill of Rights after 9/11/2001; none of you have done anything to fight against the incarceration of more of the inhabitants of the so-called “land of the free” than any other regime on the planet imprisons its own people. You are politically oblivious.

  3. Randy Lahey says:

    It’s hard to take the blm “movement” serious when they start fires, loot, riot, shoot fireworks toward police officers, vandalize, tear down statues, remain mum when black on black murders occur, curl up in a ball and cry when arrested, block roads and highways, and are nothing but a bunch of white kids with colored hair marching with their fists raised. Have they forgotten what color they are? Do they know what the founders of blm base their beliefs in?

  4. WS Boyle says:

    BLM shows what the want. No laws, no police, no courts, AND NO JUSTICE!!!!!!

  5. Kim says:

    Go Home Thugs! You have made the impression that Black Lives DoNot Matter as all you create is chaos!

  6. JohnPaul says:

    BLM THUGS and ANTIFA GOONS are not above the law.

  7. Who is charged with precisely what? Who did police claim they tried to kidnap?

    1. JohnPaul says:

      Play stupid.

      1. Colorado — no readers, no journalism. I’ll go ahead and point out the obvious — as for “stupid”, you aren’t playing.

        1. Chip says:

          That 17 y.o. in Kenosha turned an antifa arm into hamburger and dispatched 2 other vermin. Are you next?

          1. They need to arrest his mom.

            1. JohnPaul says:

              Says the Hitler youth.

              1. She’s an accessory to murder before the fact and a child abuser.

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