Photos: Denver police and Anonymous debate about brutality protest on Twitter
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.
Patrick Jay, Denver Anonymous More photos below
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.
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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