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Video: Broomfield Police arrest five protesters at FlatIron Crossing American Indian flash mob

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After a few minutes of dancing and drumming at FlatIron Crossing in Broomfield on Wednesday, police officers told a large group of protesters that they had to stop. A short while later, five were in handcuffs. This is how a planned flash mob became confrontational -- at least according to some with an initiative called Idle No More, advocating for First Nations in Canada. Watch footage from the mall below.

Broomfield Police say that those arrested were causing an obstruction and refused to stop after multiple requests.

Here's blurry footage from the mall.

The first few minutes of the video shows the group chanting and dancing, and then the rest is mostly chaotic as officers stop the protests, telling them that they have to move on. Protesters are heard saying they should probably leave so that they don't risk getting arrested, and officers are heard saying, "Folks, you were asked to exit. Exit now," and, "Don't come back here or you'll be arrested!"

The event was part of an effort to raise awareness about conflicts between First Nations and the Canadian government -- which has led a chief to go on a hunger strike. The group was in Denver at the Canadian Consulate on Monday to protest and deliver a letter to officials in support of the hunger striker up north.

That event remained peaceful, even as the protesters flooded the lobby of the building where the Canadian Consulate is located. And a so-called "flash mob" at the Cherry Creek mall two days earlier also took place without conflict.

In Broomfield, though, things seem to have gotten out of hand.

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Protesters in handcuffs at the mall.
"Right away, the cops came in and blocked us from dancing," says Tessa McLean, 24, who was born in Canada and is a member of the Ojibwe tribe. "They were escorting people outside the doors, saying we needed to leave and it needed to be over. If people weren't gonna go, there would be arrests. A lot of people were sent outside."

McLean says she waited to make sure people were getting out of the mall okay -- but that it quickly became clear the officers might arrest them. "Some people continued dancing in a smaller circle," she recalls.

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Sam Levin
Tessa McLean at a protest last week.

"It was just a few minutes," she adds, noting that they started right at 6:30 p.m. and that one of the individuals arrested had a 6:35 p.m. arrest time on her citation. "We had only sang one song."

McLean was not arrested, but five others were, including a teenager.

"We weren't surprised that cops showed up," she says. "I was surprised how much more aggressive they were.... We were just really surprised how vicious they were."

Continue for the account of the Broomfield Police Department.



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Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Scott...you were NOT arrested at a concert for not having an ID (your green card is your ID actually). There is no law requiring you to have an ID unless you are driving in which case you must have a license. Although since you are not a citizen it may be different but you said you had your ID (green card). So...what really happened? Your story sounds like it is missing some details and Im not exactly a fan of cops myself.

Rick Wainwright
Rick Wainwright

Hard to believe Scott. You had your green card huh?? So your a legal alien.. ok

Matt Planteen
Matt Planteen

Idiot, power hungry police officers? Color me shocked.

Scott Szczodrowski
Scott Szczodrowski

Feb 2011. i was arrested at a concert in broomfield because i didnt have I.D. on me.. was held in the substation for a while and when i was being transfered to the jail i was beaten by five officers while handcuffed. They striped my pants off of me in the parking lot, gave me a black eye, cuts all over my face, bruises all over my back and legs and i still have scars on my wrists from the handcuffs.. when i got to county i asked what i was being arrested for they didnt know..til they found a bowl and ten bucks worth of weed in my pants they stripped off me... I had a green card at the time.. they held me over night and released me for free in the morning.. charges were dropped in court.. scariest situation ive ever been in

Jt Colfax
Jt Colfax

that whole thing is pretty damn sad. you can just FEEL the innocence of the girls filming this.

moniquejason_lhb
moniquejason_lhb

just because u run a flash mob eric1985 does not mean that you define it!!! this was not a protest it was a l flash mob in support of cheif theresa spence. u did not take part or orgianze it. it our native song and we did a traditional round dance in support of our brother and sister to north. just cuz it not a pop verison of what you call a flash doesn't meant it not one.

this was not a protest but a native version of a flash mob. only thing that made it get out of hand was the police. we did one a cherry chreek without incident and also they praise us for shopping, eat and getting more people to come and shopp at the mall. this is suppose to be peace and bring support to chief theresa spence!!

DenverEric
DenverEric

I run Denver Flash Mob (mentioned in the Westword many times), and I have to say that this is not a flash mob. It is a mob and it is as protest, but not a flash mob.

jolynne.w
jolynne.w

Sergeant Rick Kempsell should speak the "honest" facts of what happened.  I have photos that prove two of the people arrested were outside and the other were on their way out.  Speak the truth Sergeant!

shoshonebear
shoshonebear

The only reason we, the 3 females were still there was because we were handcuffed! The 1st female didnt move fast enough and the other two females dared to ask a question regarding the 1st female who was handcuffed.  The same officer who did the handcuffing seemed to be angry and had something to prove! It was only a awareness-raising event not a protest! The police were already there seemingly ready .... for mostly  females and children to riot?! Unnecessary arrests that were meant to intimidate!

vox-populi
vox-populi

there's something to be said for cops that can show some self restraint. This protest would have happened and fizzled out had they not become involved. Now, they are bad guys in the press, as they should be.


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

If I were amongst the detained , shouldn't it read,  "  4.75 Were recently arrested at a protest ... ", ???

If not, wouldn't it be a LIE, potentially blown out of proportion NATIONALLY ?

The fucking media IS to blame !!!!!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Scott Szczodrowski Thanks for sharing your experiences, Scott.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@DenverEric Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Eric. We're going to highlight them as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Appreciate the post.

moniquejason_lhb
moniquejason_lhb

@eric1985 just because u run a flash mob eric1985 does not mean that you define it!!! this was not a protest it was a l flash mob in support of cheif theresa spence. u did not take part or orgianze it. it our native song and we did a traditional round dance in support of our brother and sister to north. just cuz it not a pop verison of what you call a flash doesn't meant it not one.

this was not a protest but a native version of a flash mob. only thing that made it get out of hand was the police. we did one a cherry chreek without incident and also they praise us for shopping, eat and getting more people to come and shopp at the mall. this is suppose to be peace and bring support to chief theresa spence!!

charumathigirl
charumathigirl

@jolynne.w Those photos and video can be used as evidence in court! It would probably be a good idea to make copies to turn over to the defense.

DenverEric
DenverEric

@michael.roberts Happy to contribute. As someone who has been running flash mobs for a long time, I find it frustrating when other types of gatherings and activities are reported as "flash mobs".

DenverEric
DenverEric

I am not against your cause or Chief Theresa Spence. I am just discussing the definition of a flash mob. From what I can tell by that video, that is not a flash mob.

charumathigirl
charumathigirl

@DenverEric does it really matter? I find is rather silly that your greatest bit of insight is a criticism on whether or not it counts as a flash mob. No body cares if you believe it is or not.

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