Occupy Denver, law enforcement clash; more arrests underway
Denver police have ordered protesters to disperse this evening and are arresting more protesters in Civic Center.
At about 6 p.m., they are standing in riot gear with their gas masks down.
Earlier today, police confirmed they used pepper spray and either rubber bullets or pepper balls to disperse the crowd in Civic Center, and seven protesters were arrested earlier today. Broadway was closed off at both Colfax and 14th Avenue and a stream of patrol cars, lights flashing and sirens blaring, hurried to the scene. Officers were dressed in riot gear.
Denver police spokesman Matt Murray said seven arrests had been made — including two for assault and one for disobedience.
He said some protesters had received medical treatment on the scene, but no one had been taken to a hospital.
Murray said one officer was knocked off his motorcycle and other officers were kicked by protesters.
I’ll keep updating this as things develop.
Police say about 20 Occupy Denver protesters were arrested on Saturday after they say protesters wanted to occupy the capitol.
Denver Police say they knew there was going to be a protest on Saturday and wanted to keep the event peaceful. Officers say the protesters wanted protest inside the capitol, which is illegal.
Of the seven arrested, police say two were arrested for assault.
“Unfortunately at one point, that group did try to occupy the capital, which is illegal. We made sure that they knew that, it was pretty clear that they were not allowed to do that, they tried to do it anyway,” Lt. Matt Murray with the Denver Police Department said. “We had to step in and push them off. Things escalated; we did have to call out city-wide for assistance.”
According to Gov. Hickenlooper’s office, protesters need a permit to protest on the steps of the capitol. Protesting inside is illegal.