Monday marks 5th day of protests in Denver, curfew extended through Friday

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People hold signs near the Colorado State Capitol during the fifth consecutive day of demonstrations in the aftermath of the death of African American George Floyd on June 1, 2020 in Denver.

People hold signs near the Colorado State Capitol during the fifth consecutive day of demonstrations in the aftermath of the death of African American George Floyd on June 1, 2020 in Denver. (Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

DENVER (KDVR) — More protests are taking place Monday in Denver calling for justice in the case of George Floyd.

Protests started four days ago. They have generally started off peaceful, but turned violent as the days progressed. Saturday was no exception, as rioters vandalized and set fires near the Capitol and in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

On Saturday, Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock announced a curfew of 8 p.m. until 5 a.m from Saturday night into Sunday morning and Sunday night into Monday morning. As of Monday morning, the curfew was not extended but we have reached out to the Mayor’s office for additional guidance.

Hancock also requested the support of the Colorado National Guard on Saturday, which was approved by Gov. Polis.

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said police arrested 83 individuals on Saturday night for curfew violations, some had additional charges as well.

On Sunday, protesters continued to gather in downtown Denver. FOX31 reporters said that protests felt mainly peaceful throughout the day and into the evening.

Some protesters did not abide by the 8 p.m. curfew and disruption occurred.

Police had to utilize tear gas, pepper balls and flash bangs after rocks and fireworks were thrown towards them.

Below is a timeline of events that occurred Monday. Please note that the blog has been archived and is no longer being updated:

Monday, June 1

10:40 p.m. Lots of fireworks, doing donuts in intersections

Many fireworks have been launched into the sky, especially near Colfax Avenue and Lincoln Street.

The driver of a Ford Crown Victoria has also done several donuts in the intersection.

Overall, police presence remains small. Crowds appear to be smaller than during previous nights.

10:05 p.m. Protests remain peaceful

Demonstrations downtown have largely remained peaceful. There is currently a smaller police presence than what was observed on previous nights.

9:19 p.m.: Moment of silence for George Floyd

Hundreds remained in downtown streets after Denver’s curfew went into effect at 9 p.m.

They held a moment of silence for George Floyd.

8:56 p.m.: Gov. Polis, Mayor Hancock issue statement on President Trump’s remarks

Gov. Jared Polis and Mayor Michael Hancock issued a joint statement in response to President Donald Trump’s plan to possibly use military force against rioters:

“Denver police, our mutual aid partners and a small contingent of Colorado National Guard have been working for the past four days and nights to support peaceful demonstrations in Denver. They have worked long hours under difficult conditions, especially as day turns to night. But there is no need for the deployment of US troops to maintain order in our city. The President’s threat to deploy federal troops is counterproductive and will only stoke the potential for worse violence and destruction. Denver is not Little Rock in 1957, and Donald Trump is not President Eisenhower. This is a time for healing, for bringing people together, and the best way to protect civil rights is to move away from escalating violence.”

7:49 p.m.: Chief Pazen to hold virtual community meeting

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen plans to hold a virtual meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

According to DPD, Pazen wants to “start a dialogue.”

More details are expected Wednesday morning.

5:12 p.m.: DPD chief walks with protesters

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen and at least one other member of DPD walked arm-in-arm with protesters downtown.

3:26 p.m.: Volunteers helped clean up around Capitol

3:21 p.m.: Denver City Council meeting postponed due to safety concern

Out of an abundance of caution for members of the public who typically attend council meetings in the evenings, we have decided to postpone tonight’s meeting to Thursday June 4 at 9 a.m.  Please visit  denvergov.org/CityCouncil for more information. 

2:20 p.m.: 170 people arrested Sunday in Denver

According to the City and County of Denver, 170 people were arrested in connection to Sunday’s riots.

“Charges vary, but include violation of curfew order, assault, criminal mischief, assault to peace officer, burglary and arson,” the city said in a statement.

Over the past four days, a total of 284 people have been arrested in connection to the demonstrations in and around downtown.

2:00 p.m.: Suspected driver of vehicle that hit three DPD officers and civilian arrested

Anthony Knapp, 37, was arrested Sunday and is facing charges of first degree assault and attempted first degree assault.

1:45 p.m.: Denver curfew extended for four more nights

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock says the city’s curfew will continue from from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for Monday through Thursday nights.

Previous curfews on Saturday and Sunday nights lasted from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

11:00 a.m.: Civil Rights Activist Alvertis Simmons calls for a meeting of the entire Black Leadership in Denver

Civil Rights Activist Alvertis Simmons , has called for a meeting of the entire Black Leadership in Denver at 6 p.m. Monday.

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