High-powered attorney blasts Denver for treatment of Bill Cosby protesters

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DENVER -- National women's rights attorney Gloria Allred has written a scathing letter blasting Denver for the way she and other women were treated during the weekend’s protest of Bill Cosby.

He was performing at the city-owned venue, the Buell Theater on Saturday night.

Allred, who represents several women who claim Cosby drugged and raped them was at the protest.  She says police allowed them to march in front of the theater, carrying signs and chanting during the 5 p.m. show.

But she says police told them they were “a risk to public safety” and refused to let them exercise their rights during the 8 p.m. show.

In a letter to Denver City Councilwoman Susan Sheperd and others, Allred says Denver police forced them to remain in one spot where no one could see them.

Then, theater connected musicians suddenly started playing music so loud the protesters could not be heard, either.  Allred says she asked to be allowed to walk in front of the theater, without a sign and without saying anything, just like any other citizen.

But she says police told her she had been “identified” as a protester and would be arrested if she tried to walk by the theater.  Allred says when she left, Denver police officers followed her “so closely behind me that if I did not keep walking they would have bumped into me.”

She says police threatened to arrest her if she stopped walking.  In the letter, Allred writes, “This attempt to intimidate me, harass me and insult me is an outrageous waste of taxpayer dollars and is an abuse of power.”  She adds the way she and the other women were treated “brings shame to the city of Denver.”

City Council members have recently granted the Cosby concert promoter an incentive worth over a million dollars.  Allred says she hopes Council members take her letter into account when they are voting on whether to contribute city funds in the future.

Denver police said late Tuesday night they were aware of the claims and they were being looked into.

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