Photos: Denver police and Anonymous debate about brutality protest on Twitter

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Patrick Jay, Denver Anonymous
More photos below
As part of the "Every 5th" series of monthly rallies organized by the groups Anonymous and Occupy Denver, demonstrators took to the streets near the State Capitol on Monday night to protest police brutality. The Denver Police Department soon got involved in what an Anonymous release describes as violent shoving that victimized elderly women and children, and several protesters were arrested.

Afterward, Anonymous representatives wanting to get the cops' point of view on what happened found out all they needed to do was tweet at them. We've got the Twitter exchanges below, along with a gallery of photos from the scene.

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Per the screen shots from Twitter posted below, the administrator of @MyAnonNews, an Anonymous Twitter handle, asked @DenverPolice, "Can we get an interview about #every5th?"

According to Matt Murray, the Commander of the Chief of Staff for the DPD, the department has a policy for that. "If people want to ask us a reasonable and respectful question, we will give a reasonable and respectful response," he says.

Murray notes that the Denver police Twitter account receives many questions each day, and even though "Anonymous hates us," the feed's administrators won't exclude organizations as a matter of course. "It's part of our transparency," he says. "We will answer any questions."

That doesn't mean the DPD will engage with every Twitter troll or angry citizen. It's all a matter of approach -- and the one used by Anonymous made the grade even though the organization was asking why protesters were "ambushed by police."

Here are screen captures of the conversation.

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Did the exchange clear up the confusion? That's debatable.

Continue for more about Anonymous, the Denver Police Department and Twitter, including additional photos from the protest.


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Prole
Prole

What a fucking joke. Carrying black flags and masking up but cowering and screaming when they actually get charged by the pigs? Any self-respecting social antagonist wouldn't go to any of these marches. More free practice for the Denver Police Department, once a month. Keep draining the coffers of anyone dumb enough to be donating to your useless bail fund. Fuck occupy, fuck "anonymous" and fuck delusions of social change. EVERYTHING MUST GO. When liberal, bullshit reformism isn't the flavor of the day, maybe you'll be able to attract someone that can ACTUALLY STOP an arrest from happening at a demonstration.


God, just fucking kill yourselves. 

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

I'd rather take my chances of "supposedly" getting brutalized by the police downtown rather than being around 16th street mall while these not so anonymous cock mongers are out there claiming to protest peacefully.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Always remember this Jacob. The courageous man only does once, the coward a thousand times over. That's why people like MLK and his message will be remembered forever and Anonymous will be forgotten before the next generation even gets started...

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

MLK was brave enough to do whatever it took to help ensure equality. You're right, Anonymous isn't even remotely close to a movement like that, it's a joke.

thom.stines
thom.stines

Cops are just pussies who hide behind their uniforms, guns, tasers, mace, riot shields and fellow pig mobsters.


Fuck 'em all.



Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

Right. Because everything turned out great for MLK.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Looks like Anonymous needs to figure out what is considered peaceful protest so they can help ensure this doesn't happen to them again. I would recommend language and not engaging police officers as a start like MLK did.

JimTom
JimTom

You would think with today's fabulous tech that there might be 1 maybe 2 pics or videos from the Occupy the Sidewalk of the police actually interacting with protesters. Lots of pics here but none showing old ladies being shoved by police.

Vik Al
Vik Al

FuCC this oligarchy, FUCC the pigS, they are puppeteers to the upper class and corrupt "gov" officials

Toni Flores
Toni Flores

I was there the protest looked peaceful! And I also saw a bunch of old women bar hopping, so maybe they fell down and the cops had to help them up and people thought they were shoving!! Ha ha

Erik Johnsen
Erik Johnsen

No one sees Anonymous as the problem here?

HowDidWeGetHere
HowDidWeGetHere

The Denver PD is a facist organization. Ignore everything they say, they forgot how to tell the truth long ago. Did that pig just try to say it wasn't 'assault' because it was perpetrated by the police? Psychopath much?

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

I'm tired of the police trying to be preemptive about everything. It's where a lot of problems come from, this idea that they somehow can preemptively solve our country's problems with violence.

John Wayne Claybaugh
John Wayne Claybaugh

Peaceful citizens? While I don't fully agree with either side of these protests, I do know that someone at the April protest bragged about being tased. That doesn't sound like they want to be peaceful.

Matityahu Rich
Matityahu Rich

This was a fairly unbias article. Good job Westword and reporting a topic the Denver Post completely ignored.

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

Your love for the state is sickening .. Your a traitor & misinformer .. Enjoy your chains

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Prole  Passionate post, Prole. We're going to feature it as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

NotOnHisWatch
NotOnHisWatch

@Prole If the militia would have masked up at the Bundy Ranch, they wouldn't be getting knocks on the door right now from mentally ill FBI agents carrying guns and threatening them with violence. I say 'mask up'.....

NotOnHisWatch
NotOnHisWatch

I can show you hundreds of videos of 'supposed' police brutality, including murder.  Either the public is lying and all these videos are fake or you are clueless. Which one is it?

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