Police use pepper spray, arrest 11 protesters in downtown Denver

Protest in downtown Denver

Protest in downtown Denver. April 29, 2014

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DENVER — Police used pepper spray to try to control a group of protesters who were marching in downtown Denver on Wednesday night.

The protesters said they were angry about police brutality.

The protest began at the Denver Jail then moved near the State Capitol where the protesters blocked traffic at Colfax Avenue and Broadway.

Police officers were with the protesters as they moved through downtown and the officers’ message on Twitter indicated they were protecting those in the march.

But then there was a confrontation.

Police said there was a minor scuffle in Civic Center Park during which a police motorcycle was pushed over. There were 11 arrests, the Denver Police Department said.

The situation calmed quickly and the crowd thinned out as many officers were released back to normal patrol.

A little later, police said the protesters gathered again and started marching on the 16th Street Mall. A Twitter message said police were protecting them and ensuring public safety.

Police said eight men and three women were arrested.


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