Million Mask March video: "I'm done f*cking around with you guys"

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Big photos, video below.
Since November 5's Million Mask March drew hundreds of protesters onto downtown Denver streets and resulted in six arrests, we've been communicating with participants about their claims of police brutality, among other things. Rather than taking part in more interviews, however, our contacts assembled a video of the goings-on that offers the most vivid look yet at the confrontations between demonstrators and cops, with one of the latter expressing his frustration at one point by announcing, "I'm done fucking around with you guys." See it and get more details below.

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In the post linked above, a protester using the name Fiscal Cliff talked about marchers being punched and physically pushed onto sidewalks by officers on motorcycles. Neither of these acts are captured on the video, although plenty of shots show the wheels of police choppers mighty close to the legs of marchers as they walk.

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Also seen clearly is an enormous law-enforcement presence, with police in full riot gear employing their batons to keep protesters at bay, as well as three arrests.

In the first, the videographer loudly complains about being jostled by a police officer. Then, a random person steps forward, apparently ready to fight -- although he thinks better of it given how many cops are present.

The second bust features the aforementioned "I'm done fucking around with you guys" line, as well as the following dialogue: "Get to the street again, you go to jail. If you want to finish your march, go to the sidewalk. There's your escape route: Go to the sidewalk."

Another warning: "Next person on the street goes to jail. If you want to go to jail, step on the street."

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Arrest number three takes place on the steps of the City & County Building -- setting for a previous clip that claimed police brutality. As police officers hustle a person away, the crowd chants "Let him go!," followed by "Shame!" When the police finally pull back, they're greeted by a rousing cheer.

See the entire video below. That's followed by an Anonymous narrative about the march that went online the day afterward.

Denver's Million Mask March from Anarcho Anon on Vimeo.

Continue to read an Anonymous account of the Million Mask March.


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RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Anyone who observed police misconduct or crime at the Million Mask March or elsewhere should come to the next public forum of the Citizen Oversight Board (COB) on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, in the Tivoli Turnhalle, Auraria Campus.  This is your chance to tell the COB and the world at large what you have seen and any concerns you may have -- the COB's public forums are televised on Denver Channel 8 over Comcast and archived on the City's website.

fillmoreification
fillmoreification

Even staying on the sidewalk didnt make the cops happy. One motorcycle cop rode up onto the sidewalk making the space smaller to walk. A protester behind me screamed "you are an encumbrance on the sidewalk!" but the motorcycle cop didnt seem to care.
I was on the steps of the county building when the cops grabbed a guy for nothing at all and pushed him down and cuffed him. They pushed a woman who was filming and if she hadnt kept her footing she would of fallen.
I witnessed the motorcycle cops running up on the backs of protesters feet and legs while screaming at us. I video taped about 16 mins of it. Then the sirens went off and it was difficult to hear anything they said.
The riot-geared cops riding the outside of 7 vans was over kill if you ask me and a total waist of money.
My first amendment right is my permit.


occupiedsole
occupiedsole

wow.  thank you michael roberts and the denver westword for covering this shit so in depth.  i was hit in the face 3 times standing on the sidewalk.... i wasnt talking shit, i wasnt doing anything, i was literally just standing there... there was a shocking amount of anger and violence on display from the denver police that night... and i've been through many occupy evictions and riot lines here.  i filed a complaint about it with the denver police too.....  its important that people know this shit is happening here.  by "this shit" i mean, resistance and police brutality.  

WillieStortz
WillieStortz

When did the Denver police become a bunch of pussies? 

The job of the police is clear the streets of this gutter trash. If they are too stupid to follow simple direction then a night stick to the side of the head isn't going to make them any dumber. So swing away my badged friends, swing away.



Paula Abolafia
Paula Abolafia

the system is already failing what better achievement than that?

Val Weitz
Val Weitz

Left right paradigms are for main streamers who have lost the ability to think objectivly. The threat is the out of control military style police state that is running our country. But, you know, let gets mired in pointless blame debates about social issues. For those of you who have never been to a protest. These actions go on all the time in every state , with no consequences for the heavy handed tactics of law enforcement officials. Thats the type of thinking we get when the majority is convinced that murdering children in foreign countries with remote controled planes armed with missiles somehow keeps us safe.

SheepleBeScared
SheepleBeScared

The American flag patch on these cops uniforms is truly false advertising....Cringe....

Kandis Bigham
Kandis Bigham

this makes me sick... cops pushing ppl around, & not allowing friends to help while they arrest ppl. one kid they flung into the street and his skateboard goes flying away. when ppl approach (most likely friends) they don't retrieve the kids skateboard and don't allow friends to either. so its probably gone now (which i would consider theft because they basically took it from him by making him drop it). Then they arrest the kid with no other explanation other then he was in the street (which you hear them yelling about in the back round and even cursing at the protesters). he stepped one foot onto the street and that's justification? no i don't think so its bullying because he didn't do anything that would constitute aggression or a aggressive act towards anyone including the police. this is crazy.we preach against bullying in school etc but are fine with it when its the police?... did anyone read the watchmen because this is the exact question it is asking who is watching the watchmen? or to put it in more real terms who watches the police who makes sure they aren't corrupt and man handling everyone? that's the problem we see things like this and powerless to stop it. this is not how to "protect and serve". i ask who are they serving by pushing around protesters needlessly? who are they protecting by doing these same things? no one that's who.... if they were damaging property i might see the excuse for force but there was no violence except on the side of police pushing and grabbing protesters. if anyone else grabbed you like that they would be arrested for assault but the police can do it with out justification or reason. this is the very definition of double standard and/or hypocrisy but its ok because its the police?!!.....this gives rise and justification to the sentiment "fuck the police". if police or anyone else wants to change this start by 1st exposing the corrupt then by removing them from any position of power. the other officers on the force are the best ones to know and spot this corruption, because they don't and do nothing about it they are equally responsible for it. we the ppl need to demand not ask for but demand a better representatives in pretty much every part of the government. from the executive branch all the way down to the police and local authorities. this corruption in any part of the government stands because the ppl do nothing... and those that try like these protesters are mistreated.. shameful.

Don Herman
Don Herman

One wonders if a typical Teabagger/Gun Nutz parade would be treated this way?

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Nicholas Richter Not nearly as much as I should, Nicholas. It's been fixed. Sorry about the error.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@_McShyster_ Thanks for keeping up with my typos, McShyster. Fixed that one shortly after it went live -- but my apologies for the error.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Val Weitz Interesting post, Val. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Kandis Bigham A very passionate post, Kandis. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova

@Kandis Bigham "Then they arrest the kid with no other explanation other then he was in the street (which you hear them yelling about in the back round and even cursing at the protesters). he stepped one foot onto the street and that's justification?"

So the kid was warned not once, but multiple times not to go into the street, still does it, and your mad that he got arrested for breaking a direct order from the police?

stanley1
stanley1

@Don Herman "Teabagger/Gun Nutz" don't have marches and rallies that feature rapes, shitting on cop cars, broken windows, trashing parks and other assorted "protesting" that occurs at Occupy and associated-type events. In short, they aren't petulant, spoiled, destructive, entitled, worthless assfuck leeches like your ilk.

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova

@Don Herman Honestly, yes.

I've covered a lot of protests and they all receive equal treatment.

The difference between this one and the rest of them is that this one clearly has no understanding of A. who the power is, and B. what legal rights you actually have in a protest.

You don't have the right to go anywhere you want whenever you want in a protest, other people still have the right to go about their day whether it be in a car, a bike, or just walking past the protest.

You haven't been allowed to step into the street and harass police for years.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@ryan.cordova ... was that one of your retarded drunken relatives that crashed into and destroyed the kiosk at the Boulder scenic overlook ?


michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@ryan.cordova Interesting post, Ryan. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for weighing in.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@ryan.cordova "You don't have the right to go anywhere you want whenever you want in a protest"

Spoken like a the submissive fascist boot-licker that you are.

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@ryan.cordova ... spoken like an illiterate simpleton who can't write clear unambiguous comments that don't get continuously "misinterpreted" 

_McShyster_
_McShyster_

@ryan.cordova = clueless fool who still thinks I'm his unrequited love interest Kathleen Chippi


ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova

@_McShyster_ @ryan.cordova Spoken like someone who still hasn't accomplished anything in their life.

How's your precious pot activism going? Pass any good laws yet?

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