Denver police use chemicals to deter people protesting police violence as downtown erupts in chaos

A driver ran over a man. People yelled and cried. It was an emotional night in Denver.

Protesters in downtown Denver demonstrate against the death of George Floyd on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Photo credit: Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)
Protesters in downtown Denver demonstrate against the death of George Floyd on Thursday, May 28, 2020. (Photo credit: Hart Van Denburg/CPR News)

Emergency sirens and crackly voices from police megaphones echoed off buildings in downtown Denver Thursday evening as 1,000 or so protesters marched through the streets against police violence.

Protesters, ignited by the death of George Floyd, were at first peaceful, as was law enforcement. But around 5:30 p.m., gun shots were fired near the Capitol (it’s unclear if they were related to the protest). Tension escalated into violence.

About 50 people — a fraction of the 1,000 or so marching — blocked traffic at the intersection of Colfax Avenue and Broadway.

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David Sachs is Denverite's city reporter. He has spent a decade as a journalist between Denver and Washington, D.C. He’s especially interested in the science of cities, and the people and policies that shape them.

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