Day of Rage protest: Video of Cop Pushing Down Woman, Communication and Rally Size Debate

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Photo by Brandon Marshall. Click to see the complete Ferguson Protestors Rally in Denver slide show.
Members of groups such as Occupy Denver and local affiliates of Anonymous often protest together, as was the case for a police brutality rally in April. But there seems to have been something of a communication breakdown related to Thursday's Day of Rage event, which decried the Ferguson, Missouri police killing of Michael Brown, whose funeral is scheduled for today.

In the wake of the gathering, which resulted in one arrest, there have been widely varied crowd estimates and surprisingly little outcry over a video showing the woman seen above falling to the ground after being pushed by a Denver police officer. Continue for that clip, photos from the scene by our Brandon Marshall and more.

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

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Photo by Brandon Marshall. Click to see the complete Ferguson Protestors Rally in Denver slide show.
One telling tweet from the day after the protest is addressed to Operation Ferguson, which has become one of the main information dispensers for Brown-related protests. The tweet reads:

Expanding on this theme is a Friday post on the Occupy Denver Facebook page. The item castigates authorities for the aforementioned arrest before stating:

This brings up larger questions about the #DAYOFRAGE which many of us found out about only because it was posted on a website, it doesn't seem like any local organizers were working on this or in communication with #opferguson so we're curious how a protest got called in Civic Center Park. Seems like the only ones in the city that were actually prepared for a protest were the cops, and this is disconcerting.
In response, one commenter notes that he found out about the protest via Denver isdownWith Anons, and a number of Anonymous-related organizations tweeted about the protest before, during and after it took place. Here's one example -- a note calling for more participation:

The next day, another tweet suggested that the situation eventually improved:

Another tweet offers a far smaller crowd-size estimate:

Marshall's photographs show protesters numbering between these two extremes. Meanwhile, videographer Jesse Hanson captured a tense moment between rally participants and police in which the woman pictured at the top of this post is pushed by a police officer and falls to the ground. (Hanson describes her as a nun, while other Anonymous-related tweets call her a "Buddhist monk woman.") The incident takes place just past the clip's fifty second mark:

Occupy Denver subsequently shared another video of the Thursday protest prior to a Saturday event in which its members took part. A Facebook post that followed describes the Saturday event like so: "Occupiers were at the Denver Capitol tonight in solidarity with Ferguson. There was much support from passersby and minimal police presence."

Here are more photos from Brandon Marshall of the Thursday rally.

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Photo by Brandon Marshall. Click to see the complete Ferguson Protestors Rally in Denver slide show.

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Photo by Brandon Marshall. Click to see the complete Ferguson Protestors Rally in Denver slide show.

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Photo by Brandon Marshall. Click to see the complete Ferguson Protestors Rally in Denver slide show.
Continue for more photos of the Denver #DAYOFRAGE protest.


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Jeremy Quillin
Jeremy Quillin

Oh geez, these idiots were looking for attention, this is NOT the real Denver, we love and respect our police! They do what others dont have the guts to do! There is a reason only like 100 people showed up, the rest of Denver is educated and respectful. The lady that was pushed back was grabbing a police bike and looking for attention, she wasn't shoved, she was pushed back from grabbing a police bike, she lacks common sense and should go back to the hills!

Alexander Klaus Manneck
Alexander Klaus Manneck

P.s. there are no Real Monks in denver...maybe go to shaolin or tibet. They lady is a white from colo who would sue you just the same.

Alexander Klaus Manneck
Alexander Klaus Manneck

The monk was probably peaceful. I saw the 50 or so punks marching, not knowing why they were there. STARVING for attention. So sad they can't try something else to make a difference. Pick up trash, feed a homeless person, don't watch reality TV, call and tell your mom you love them, go hiking and help a wild animal, join a peace movement, grow cannabis, no you are all going to march 16 th st mall. .getting in mine and everyone else's way.... nothing but bored punks. Half of the young protesters were on their cellphone not even protesting...punks. Find something to do... that shit happened in Mo, not Co. So lets get mad and give the cops more leverage over us. We should protest at the whitehouse. Not at a mall....hahaha. stand up what you believe in, but no one listens to a pushy crowd with coward masks on.

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

This country is broken and the only way to fix it is to start over from nothing.

mithril12
mithril12

There is no civiltity here! I'm not sure what this group of people are trying to do except to piss off the police and scream profanity. Where is the organization of the protesters and the peaceful protest? Who cares about the stupid costume some female is wearing. You cannot touch law enforcement...see what happens when you do? I'm all for protesting, but you guys went about it all wrong and somebody could've really gotten hurt. Organize yourselves.

Frank Hickenlooperwooper Sturgell
Frank Hickenlooperwooper Sturgell

Yes, those police people were obviously to hostile and honestly terrifying. Having police that behave this badly is very hostile to a civil society. Keep it stupid and of course, do as you're told no matter how immoral.

David M Shoultz
David M Shoultz

she was dressed as a monk, but no buddhist I know would be in the middle of a group of hooligans like that, screaming FUCK THE POLICE.. I'm sorry but if you're trying to end violent attacks by the police, try sitting down, and calmly protesting in peace instead of screaming Fuck You in the face of every officer there.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Oh god. She was reaching for officers bike and another officer pushed her with one arm to back the fck off. She should play for the San Antonio Spurs with that dive.

Nathan Embree
Nathan Embree

Running up to an officer and screaming "Fuck the police" is an antagonization, not a protest.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

DPD = cowardly violent Neanderthal criminal scum with badges and guns.


scubapig
scubapig

What a bunch of losers.  People acting like morons in the street is not a protest, its just a bunch of morons in the street.


Gus Hoffman
Gus Hoffman

Tracy King what are you so sick of. Constitutional Rights or Police Butality.

Ann Romanelli
Ann Romanelli

She's dressed as a Buddhist Monk. Participating in "Rage Day" goes against everything the Buddhist believe in.

LivCupcake Elgethun
LivCupcake Elgethun

This is silly, I don't think anyone should put third hands on anyone or anything that isn't them or theirs. Buddhist monk or not, she was grabbing at the police bicycle.

Chelly Serna
Chelly Serna

Too bad there were those guys screaming "fuck the police." They ruined the true message behind these protests. I perfered the chant "hands up, don't shoot" seeing as that was what the real atrocity in Furguson. Just like the people who caused the riots in Furguson, all it takes is a few bad apples to make everyone look bad.

Gus Hoffman
Gus Hoffman

She is a Buddhist monk if that tells you anything

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Something must be done to deter the DPD from making false arrests!  Much of the administration of the Department must be removed, since it is clear that it is complicit in the mass perjury which sustains these false arrests.

John Eckman
John Eckman

Yawn... Be respectful to police and you won't have these problems. Didn't your mom teach you anything?

Zach Carsel
Zach Carsel

ironically, they will justify militarization of the police.

Rob Jennings
Rob Jennings

Westword incites more crap than any news outlet in Colorado and all in the name of getting more ad revenue.

Tracy King
Tracy King

OMG I'm so sick of this shit ! Everyone go home! Denver Westword ... give it a rest!

Jake Krantz
Jake Krantz

She tried to grab his bike. Sorry this is not brutality

Aj Jensen
Aj Jensen

This protest did a disservice to those truly demanding answers for the death of Michael Brown. This was merely a disorganized group of people with no central message, shouting "F*** the police!" And getting overly hyped in what could have been a peaceful and low-key event to show solidarity with #Ferguson. Some people will latch on to any event as an excuse to protest the police and the government. That's what we see in this video. Nothing more. People truly concerned with #Ferguson and #JusticeForMichaelBrown are finding ways to help families and children living in the midst of all that has happened to #Ferguson. Not randomly roaming the sidewalks, harassing police officers in our city who are just out doing their jobs, and have nothing to do with the events in Missouri. Don't just get mad and be belligerent. Find a way to make a positive difference.

DenverDude
DenverDude

How many Tibetans do you know?  I know several Tibetan Lamaist Buddhist nuns and monks who are political refugees.  Their skin color matches this woman's, in fact, I happen to know her, and she is, indeed, from Lhasa, Tibet.  Besides, one does not have to be a particular ethnic group to become a  Buddhist monk or nun.  

DenverDude
DenverDude

Most of us are involved in a host of projects, including homeless outreach, growing vegetables in community gardens for foodbanks, volunteering time at SAME Cafe, involved in Jewish Voice For Peace, Rocky Mountain Justice Center, prison rehab at Church in the City Beth Abraham,  Habitat for Humanity and a host of other programs including one individual who just returned from two months in Haiti with Church in the City Beth Abraham.  How dare you generalize about people you know nothing about.  What are you doing to better the community?

DenverDude
DenverDude

Actually, Buddhists have been involved in plenty of civil rights protests for hundreds of years.  Have you ever been to China, Vietnam, or Tibet?  They are a repressed group, and have been fighting for freedoms for themselves  and others.  

DenverDude
DenverDude

She is not a Buddhist monk--she is a Buddhist nun, dimwit.  

theglobalguy
theglobalguy

@DonkeyHotay Thanks for your nuanced analysis.  Any other topics you'd like to share an equally thoughtful comment on?

DenverDude
DenverDude

She was not dressed as a Buddhist monk--she was dressed as a Buddhist nun. 

DenverDude
DenverDude

Change from the continuing militarized police state.  

DenverDude
DenverDude

No, men are Buddhist monks.  Women are Buddhist nuns.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@RobertChase ... until the violent lowlife criminal pigs begin to suffer and die at the same rate that they cause suffering and death among the citizens, there will be no justice.

DenverDude
DenverDude

Well, then, in that case, why are you following Westword?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... you grabba my bike, I breaka you face.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@theglobalguy 


What part of "DPD = cowardly violent Neanderthal criminal scum with badges and guns" don't you comprehend?



DenverDude
DenverDude

"How do you spell injustice?"  "DPD!" 

DenverDude
DenverDude

@scubapig Such as yourself?  If you don't understand the fact the murder rate is down 50% and violent crime is down 30% in the past 20 years, yet murder by cop is up 300% in the same time frame, that shows you are naive and unaware of the militarization of the nation's police forces.

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