Videos: Police brutality protests by Occupy Denver, Anonymous end in six arrests

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Photos, videos below.
Although many in the public perceive Occupy Denver to be a thing of the past, the organization remains quite busy, staging regular protests that recently were dubbed "reprehensible" by the Denver Post.

More evidence of ongoing activity: This weekend, a downtown march featuring OD and Anonymous resulted in a dust-up with Denver cops that ended with the arrest of six demonstrators and claims of police brutality -- the subject of the march in the first place.

Get details and see photos and videos below.

On April 5, the Post published "Shame, Occupy Denver, shame," an opinion piece by the paper's Jeremy Meyer that decried ongoing protests by the organization against the city's urban camping ban, passed in 2012.

Joyce Meskis, as seen in a 2008 image from the University of Denver Magazine.
In the piece, Meyer focuses not on OD's objections, but on its targets: the Tattered Cover bookstore, whose owner, Joyce Meskis, hasn't denounced the ban, and the home of Tami Door, the pro-ban CEO of the Downtown Denver Partnership. About the Door rallies, Meyer writes, "The protest is constitutionally legal but morally reprehensible."

Cut to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, when a march took place on the 16th Street Mall. According to an Occupy Denver release, "This protest, called by the informal net-based group known as 'Anonymous,' was part of the 'Every 5th' event series, in which protesters have gathered downtown on the 5th of every month to protest various issues since November 5, 2013. This particular march was planned in solidarity with protests over a recent police murder of a homeless man in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with an eye to similar ongoing police brutality issues in Denver."

Screen captures from two OD-blessed videos on view below offer a glimpse of what happened. In the beginning, marchers headed down the mall unencumbered.

But as participants began to move into the street, police attempted to shoo them out of traffic.

A physical confrontation followed. Not everything is caught on camera, but it appears that one demonstrator laid hands on an officer who was pulling at another marcher.

A scuffle ensued, with one protester forced to the ground....

...and others taken into custody.

Continue for more about the arrests over the weekend, including two videos.

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