Denver’s police chief walked arm-in-arm with anti-racism protesters Monday during a peaceful march that contrasted with several nights of clashes between his officers and demonstrators.
“We will stand with you and we will walk with you,” Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen told a crowd at Civic Center Park before joining the march to a park near the Denver Performing Arts Complex.
One demonstrator asked about an Instagram post that showed three Denver Police dressed in body armor with the caption “Let’s start a riot.” Pazen, who called for an internal affairs investigation into the post earlier on Monday, said he was upset by the photo.
“I was hurt by the post. We need to bring the temperature down,” Pazen said.