DENVER — Organizers gathered at City Park in Denver Saturday morning before marching down Colfax to the GEO Ice Detention Center in Aurora.
The march was nearly eight miles long and water was served along the route to protesters.
Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz took to social media Friday to remind attendees to be on the lookout and he also reached out to the community via Twitter on Saturday morning, posting a photo of officers preparing to keep the peace at the morning’s protest.
This morning’s roll call as we prepare for thousands of protestors who will exercise their 1st Amendment Rights at the GEO-ICE Facility. We, along w/our mutual aid partners are optimistic attendees, despite their views, will be lawful&safe. We are ready to protect public safety. pic.twitter.com/czaQPbdkWC
— Nick Metz (Ret. Police Chief) (@Code4Metz) September 21, 2019
“We have been busy planning and organizing,” Metz said on YouTube.“We are asking for everyone to cooperate.”
Eddie Soto was an organizer for the Saturday event.
“We are a peaceful group,” Soto said. “If other groups try to to antagonize us we will try to ignore them.”
Two groups gathered at the facility, one crowd in favor of ICE and the others protesting the agency.
The protesters were separated by a large police presence and there was no physical contact between the two groups.