Breaking – Occupy Denver vs. Police


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.

UPDATE:

9NEWS:

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.



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71 Responses to Breaking – Occupy Denver vs. Police

    • WMCB says:

      I really feel bad for the cops trying to do their job to clear the park.

      • Mary says:

        Me too.

        I’m wondering if their union is moving away from “solidarity” with the other union members at OWS who may very well be throwing things at them and yelling obscenities.

  1. WMCB says:

    I was watching the livestream for awhile. The site says NYC, but it had Denver on for awhile. What was truly interesting to me was the live chat going on off to the right.

    Someone named peanutjake kept asking about why they were not protesting Obama. He wasn’t rude or insistent – just questioning.
    Several people who seem to be regulars strongly objected and scolded him for “bashing” Obama, offering lots of excuses like, “Well, it’s the whole govt that’s messed up so it’s not fair to protest just him…”

    Shortly thereafter, peanutjake was banned, and his comments removed from the livestream. Seems whoever is administrating it does not want criticism of Obama on there.

    • myiq2xu says:

      If I knew the whole world was watching I would behave better.

    • WMCB says:

      The whole world is watching them be complete assholes deliberately taunting and trying to provoke the police, putting their hands on them – all for their “right” to CAMP OUT in a public park.

      These people are douchewankers.

      • myiq2xu says:

        This time they tried to occupy the state capitol building.

        • WMCB says:

          The whole world will pretty much watch a train wreck, too, if you televise it. They had better hope that most of America isn’t watching. ‘Cause they ain’t doing themselves any favors.

        • Lola-at-Large says:

          Why do you think this is happening late in a Halloween weekend night? Sounds like theater for adoring crowds…

  2. HELENK says:

    http://townhall.com/columnists/marvinfolkertsma/2011/10/29/wall_street,_the_mob,_and_the_french_connection/page/full/

    someone mentioned on an earlier thread that this had been around since the French Revolution

  3. crawdad says:

    Once again, lots of cameras and yet no video of what triggered the use of force.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Would ya look at those cameras ! Loved how they walked backwards to catch the evil pigs picking on the peaceful protesters /sarc.

      • Mary says:

        Ugh. While yelling obscenities and finally, “The whole world is watching.” Gag me.

        Hot flash, kiddos: The whole world is NOT watching. Really.

    • WMCB says:

      I really love these bullshit hysteria headlines and youtube titles. No, the police are not “attacking” anyone. If they were attacking you, you’d know it. They are attempting the clear the area of people who are camping there illegally, causing a public problem, and have been told to disperse, repeatedly.

      The more I watch these videos, the more I sympathize with the officers. They have really been handed a shitty job to do, dealing with people that hate them, scream at them, and do their best to provoke them. I’d have likely busted a LOT of heads if they ganged up around me like I’ve seen them do the cops – which is probably why it’s a good thing I’m not a cop.

      This attitude of “I can do whatever the fuck I want, and if the police respond at all, they are fascist abusers” is complete fantasy.

    • WMCB says:

      Good grief. They are sooooo obviously the ones initiating all the contact. The guy in the ski mask thing was PUSHING the girl into the policeman.

      And they label THIS “thugery”? Those are some of the best-behaved, tolerant, bending-over-backwards cops I’ve ever seen!

      • Lola-at-Large says:

        The girl in the long sleeved purple shirt worked her way up and continued to try to force her way through their barricade. They eventually sprayed her.

    • soupcity says:

      It’s pretty clear they are surrounding and closing in on the police, not the other way around. The police show remarkable restraint. I could never be a cop.

      • Mary says:

        I’m reading that one of the OWSers pushed a cop off his motorcycle. Another OWSer kicked him twice. And that that’s why some were arrested.

  4. swanspirit says:

    I am so confused , aren’t the police the people ( workers) whose cause and jobs and salaries the “occupiers” support …

    • WMCB says:

      This is just silly. The first amendment gives you the right to say whatever you want. It does not give you an unlimited right to scream and yell and bang drums whereever you want.

      I’d love to find out where some of these people work and live, and go camp out and bang drums there. Then yell FREE SPEECH VIOLATION when they tried to have me thrown out.

    • Lola-at-Large says:

      There’s that purple shirted girl again! She looks like an insider. You can tell who the organizers are, and even at small event like Occupy Indy they have them.

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Meanwhile back at Ground Zerocotti….

    http://newsfeed.time.com/2011/10/29/winter-is-coming-occupy-wall-street-confronts-its-first-snow/

    From the comments:

    First Amendment:

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of
    religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of
    speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and
    to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    Under our constitution, we have the right to petition our
    government. There is something very wrong with arresting people who are doing
    what the constitution mandates as a way of citizenry to hold their government
    accountable. The only violence we’ve seen
    so far has come from the police in this country. The very people who have sworn
    to make our country a less violent place.

    “Dissent
    is the highest form of patriotism­.”

    ……….­..Thomas
    Jefferson

    “A
    society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and
    deserve neither.”

    ……….Thomas
    Jefferson

    But, but, but, they are not petitioning their GOVERNMENT !? Plus, they’re stealing Jefferson quotes from the tea party 😉

  6. Zaladonis says:

    The whole world’s watching is such a narcissistic chant.

    Seems that’s the core of what this is really about: Me! Pay Attention To Me! They’re over-adored indulged children insisting their parent’s friends watch them screech off-key re-enactment of performances they’ve seen on TV.

    This isn’t Kent State; and Wall Street, bad as it is, is not Vietnam.

    • Pips says:

      Hi Zal! Good to see you. 🙂

    • Pips says:

      Oh, and I agree with you. There’s a lot to protest in this world for the (us!) “99%”ers, but for sure there’s also a whole lot smarter ways to make your protest heard, and gain sympathy for your cause. Not to mention: Make clear what your cause really is.

  7. DeniseVB says:

    Another assault at the Z…..

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/zuccotti_perv_Qd8v3hCAnspzJ7VGC9nJZP

    I think a lot of these “perv” attacks are not being reported.:(

  8. DeniseVB says:

    From the Denver Post, Sunday morning update…..

    http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_19223274

    Only about 10 officers were in riot gear, funny how the videos only zoom in on them.

  9. Anthony says:

    This video has been making the rounds.

    The NYT strategy to help OWS from 3:53 to 5:10

  10. HELENK says:

    I heard a comment last night that makes sense. Many of the owies will leave when the weather turns bad but will be back next summer and very organized. I can see this happening.
    The country will be in the middle of an election, the lsm will cover these idiots 24 hours a day. Any opposing message to backtrack will be drowned out. The will provoke violence and cannon fodder is useful.

    this video says a lot about this bunch

  11. foxyladi14 says:

    he should have saved that Sicko name for this one.maybe it can be Sicko 11 😆

  12. HELENK says:

    Never ask the question unless you know the answer Lawrence ODonnell owie admitting bottles and rocks thrown before tear gas

  13. HELENK says:

    note to owies
    cops do get testy when you try to push over their motorcycles when they are on them

  14. HELENK says:

    you just can not fix stupid

    funderaiser for owies invites Goldman Sachs then gets upset when they refuse the invite

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203752604576645480987452682.html

  15. HELENK says:

    armed citizens militia shows up at occupy Phoenix

    http://www.infowars.com/occupy-phoenix-with-ar-15s/

  16. HELENK says:

    remember when the owies did not want the homeless among them? Now it is cold and snowing and they want survival tips from the homeless’

    KARMA IS A BITCH

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2011/10/30/snowstorm-cold-makes-living-in-zuccotti-park-hard-for-ows-protesters/

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