Updated: added a couple more stories and Democracy Now’s story from this morning; Also adding videos as I find them. (see below) I’ve started a new post with more footage of the abuse of power by the police. Police Trap Peaceful Protesters in Denver + Divide and Conquer ~ Lo
Guess they couldn’t wait to try out their new “toys”.
By Kieran Nicholson and John Ingold
The Denver Post
Article Last Updated: 08/26/2008 01:11:50 AM MDT
Riot police apparently used pepper spray on members of Unconventional Denver as it tried to disrupt DNC events.
The protest group Unconventional Denver promised to disrupt what they called a “capitalist fundraising orgy” Monday night after official events at the Democratic National Convention.
They at least disrupted traffic and a couple of downtown hotels.
Approximately 200 protesters ran from Civic Center and down 15th Street toward the Wellington Webb Building before police in riot gear blocked their path to the 16th Street Mall.
DNC Protesters Arrested, Pepper-Sprayed
Video link to what they described as “A small riot broke out…”
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100 protesters taken to temporary center
About 100 protesters were being processed early today at Denver’s temporary processing center in a former warehouse.
[…]If the detainees have the resources, they could post bond, Gale said. Others could end up being taken back to the main jail.
About 7 p.m. Monday, riot police using pepper spray forced a couple of hundred protesters out of Civic Center and then blocked them before they could reach the 16th Street Mall.
Police surrounded the protesters along 15th Street between Court Street and Cleveland Place and then moved up reinforcements, including at least two armored vehicles.
One protester said police had used the spray “like a supersoaker” in front of the City and County Building. Pepper spray was used again on 15th Street.
Lawyer says half of protesters pleading not guilty
By Sue Lindsay, Rocky Mountain News
August 26, 2008
A lawyer with the People’s Law Project said about half of the 100 people in last night’s mass arrest have pleaded not guilty.
“About 50 percent, as a matter of principle, are choosing to plead not guilty and their cases are being set over to next week,” said attorney David Beller. He was one of a number of attorneys who volunteered to come to court to help the protesters.
Most have been charged with failure to obey a lawful order, obstruction of justice or throwing rocks, he said.
Beller said protesters were “sitting peacefully on the lawn eating in Civic Center when police began lining up in chains and began snaking through the whole group.”
After that, people ran into the streets. “It was clear the action of individuals changed,” he said.
Beller said he was at the protest and did not hear an order to disperse, although one may have been given elsewhere. He said most of the protesters were surrounded in front and back and could not move. “There was no where to disperse,” he said. “There was nowhere to go.”
Aug 26, 2008
As Democratic Convention Kicks Off, Massive Security Presence Clamps Down on Dissent in Denver
The 2008 Democratic National Convention kicked off Monday at the Pepsi Center in downtown Denver. We play highlights of the speeches from the convention floor, and we take a look at the massive security presence in the streets of the city with Eileen Clancy of I-Witness Video, who has been closely monitoring the protests in the streets.
Police Arrest at DNC August 24th
Police beat and arrested a protester during an Anti-Capitalist march on August 25th, approx. 8pm at the intersection of Tremont and 15th.
Shot by Billy Nicholson
Police Trap Peaceful Protesters in Denver
A calm political protest quickly turned chaotic as anxious police surrounded thousands of marchers heading toward Denver’s Convention Center, using tear gas, batons and aggression.