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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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...and others taken into custody.

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


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Wes84
Wes84

This is why you work at westword and not a real newspaper. You post hearsay from OD as though it were fact.

Wes84
Wes84

At least pretend to be objective.

Katy Martin
Katy Martin

Alot of those officers need to eat less and work out more.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Looks to me like the DPD created the disorder. If they'd let the people finish their walk without attacking them, it probably would have been over in a few minutes, but they had to turn it into a pissing contest. People have commented here about how the protesters were goading the police. Think to yourself what kind of law and order you have in a country where it's not safe to make unsavory criticism of law enforcement. They're supposed to be professionals. They're supposed to know how to handle a bunch of angry kids blowing off steam without violence. Alas, they live for violence, and that's the problem. The sad thing is many don't. The good ones (and I know some) just want to keep the peace and are intimidated by the thugs who want to bust heads for a living.

stevebeast
stevebeast

you go into Denver PD's jurisdiction you take your life in your hands they are BRUTAL, takes some serious courage to speak out. major props

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

Even the Communist Party of the USA was there and they are basically democrats with centrist views. So funny.

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

Occupy everything but a job and a politicians home. Civil disobedience performed by retards and 12 year old Anarchists.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

An Israeli Meko Peled said Israel is the most brutal regime on the face of the earth, even worse than Taliban! Check him out on You Tube you might learn something!

Matt Baca
Matt Baca

Of course the overwhelming majority of the dipshits commenting here don't even have a handle on what happened. The police blocked several sidewalks, then arrested protesters for walking in the street to avoid the blockades. Theese are the same chicken-shits who sit in cars all day handing out moving violations. They aren't heroes, they're meter maids for the road. When given the opportunity to use force they jump because the job is as boring and gutless as you'd imagine. But sure, 'occupy a job' or whatever other reductive slogan you heard on a drive-time talk station. While your repeating quips second-hand your rights are eroding at an alarming pace. I hope you have everything you need in your Parker micro-mansions because when the powers that be are done wringing the last bits of blood from the American economy the shit is falling off a cliff. The American dream is a marketing slogan created to heam us all into mortgage debt, college loan debt, and auto loan debt. We've just surrounded ourselves with enough brainless morons who deride attempts to speak out against entrenched power to perpetuate this bullshit.

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

Skidmore, so you think if someone yells at the police it makes it ok for them to be brutal? I could be wrong but that is how the beginning of this comment reads to me. There is never any good reason for police brutality IMO.

jmurphy187
jmurphy187

When "Occupy" changed from a protest of the top 1% to a protest of police brutality, it was over for me. This got out of hand quickly when it first started and has obviously just gotten worse over time, gaining more traction for the ignorant to hop on the band wagon and not even realize what the issues at hand are. LAME.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

If there is a protest and no one listens do they have a message?

Skidmore Falldama
Skidmore Falldama

I think these people give cops a reason to be brutal. Mostly police antagonizers. They didn't come with intention of a peaceful, educational gathering. The protesters come aggressively yelling at cops, most of which are probably not the aggressors like the cops these protestors are against such as the cops in New Mexico. I can't even take these people seriously. even though I agree with their intention to bring police brutality to the forefront of a discussion, I disagree with how they present it. I'm assuming with all of the cameras they came equipped with that the protestors hoped to get some police brutality on tape after instigating officers on the streets. Boo you all!

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

I see the Occupy people are out making fools of themselves and are most interested in screaming nonsense and insulting the police officers then trying to crack books to find laws to back themselves up and protest peacefully again. No wonder the movement went nowhere...

Mark Hendryx
Mark Hendryx

So the Supreme Court says that money = free speech, but actul free speech = police harrassment. If only they had Koch brother money to harrass us on television with their Americans for Prosperity front. BS

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

You just feel safe under your masters boob .. If they do this for fun .. They are gonna do this when you have an objection

Jackie Karlo Long
Jackie Karlo Long

How fitting to get arrested while protesting the abuse and brutality of the police. Denver cops are a joke.

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

Hit me up for T-shirts from the rally

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

Police state is shaking in their little space boots

Garrett Latte Heidel
Garrett Latte Heidel

Taliban-style regime..... you have got to be kidding me. you sound like some old senile white man.

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

I think it was sometime last winter there was a "protest" outside the Sheraton that was like 15 people with drums chanting for peace. I was leaving work and I noticed an alarming number of police growing and moving in. This one car pulled up fast, and more officers unloaded, they had those orange m16 looking guns that shoot "safe" bullets. I was standing there looking at them, and then at the protesters. That is when one officer came at me with incredible speed, the look in his eyes was like him and his co workers had been smoking some potent crack on the ride down, he ran over with his hand on his gun saying "move along! Unless you wanna find out what getting shot by this feels like". Now, I had literally just stepped out of work, and maybe had been mistaken for a protester. But the look in that officers eyes was terrifying. Like he wanted to kill a man that day.

Alexander J Armijo
Alexander J Armijo

Considering that Anonymous supports the Taliban-style regime in Gaza they got a taste of their own medicine.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

The stupidity of your post was funny to me.  You radical right wing nuts are much more like Nazis than Democrats are like communists.  Look back...the communists were run be authoritarian dictators....that's conservative, cultist.


Now help me out:  Are you really that stupid or are you just lying for the baby republican jeeeEEEeeeEEEzzzzzussssss, who commanded "Thou shalt lie to catapult the propaganda."

IWorshipTheState
IWorshipTheState

Do you understand that the 1% OWNS the halls of Congress? They have their 'protest' 365 days a year. Only a complete moron would support this monopoly on power.....Every time we get a couple 'little people' out on the streets to protest, we have guys like you coming out of the woodwork eager to lick the boots of any tyrant that crushes the competition. You are pathetic, dude.

Wes84
Wes84

Just because your job doesn't matter doesn't mean theirs doesn't. If you don't like being in debt then don't take out loans. These protest don't represent me, anyone I know, or even the homeless they claim to care about. If you really cared i would see you volunteering with me at the outreach for the homeless.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@JimTom No, you just have a radical right wing nut with their hands over their ears going "Na na na na....."

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

@JimTomDon't slam the People of Denver as a bunch of moronic fascists!  You are dead wrong -- many people are listening, and that is why the Denver Post and other media are constantly straining to suppress the truth.  If you read the comments, you will see a description of what happened from a participant; DPD does not have the authority to close sidewalks to public access arbitrarily, and protesters were perfectly justified in walking into the street to avoid them.

Wes84
Wes84

All we hear from is the protestors. I have seen them throw feces at the police. They aren't so proud of that behavior I imagine

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Skidmark, you'd be one of the people trying to justify the actions of the brown shirts back in the 1930's.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

I think that you can't think.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

A very bad joke -- on us!

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

And you write like some uninformed little child. 

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

May the DPD's thugs start to get  the comeuppance they so richly deserve!

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Facebook commenters who cannot manage more than a single sentence are a joke -- the comments section is now almost exclusively dim one-liners.

Wes84
Wes84

Just because you don't matter don't be bitter

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

@muhutdafuga @JimTomyep the lack of liberal media coverage is all about right wing nuts. Way isn't MSNBC and CNN covering these pitifully small gatherings of idiots. I guess the fact that nobody pays any attention is because they are all right wing nuts, and has nothing to do with the fact the movement is a joke.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

@RobertChase @JimTomI didn't hear any trees falling. Haven't seen anything on popular media about this dead movement in a year. Anonymous is no better than the people they "claim" to be fighting. 

Wes84
Wes84

Well then go start something Robbie.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

@muhutdafuga @JimTomAnother expectation that has no basis in history or reality. As are most of the movements expectations.  

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@JimTom @muhutdafugaA pathetically small gathering of idiots...that sounds like a republican convention.


The size of the convention isn't really the issue, the people have a right to expect professional behavior from the police.

Wes84
Wes84

Lol they have truly been "anonymous" more like irrelevant.

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