Protests continue around the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. Floyd, an African American man, died while in police custody in Minneapolis. An officer involved has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
At one point on Saturday, protesters laid down on the Capitol lawn and chanted "I can't breathe."
— Hart W. Van Denburg (@hartoutwest) May 30, 2020
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock issued a city-wide curfew and Gov. Jared Polis called in the state's National Guard to help patrol.
In Colorado Springs, two protests were scheduled for Saturday afternoon. As the Gazette reports, people started gathering at City Hall just prior to 3 p.m.
— Liz Henderson (@GazetteLiz) May 30, 2020
Protestors in Colorado Springs marched from City Hall to Acacia Park.
Here's a look at the protest going on now in downtown Colorado Springs. FOX21 reports protesters are marching southbound on Nevada Ave. https://t.co/pv7epNqZ7I
— 91.5 KRCC (@KRCC) May 30, 2020
And, as the Gazette's Liz Henderson reported, protesters started chanting De'Von Bailey's name.
The protest in downtown Colorado Springs has reportedly grown to a hundred people or more. FOX21 reports police are blocking off intersections in the area as protestors slow the flow of traffic. https://t.co/QwhzwL9ZjZ
— 91.5 KRCC (@KRCC) May 30, 2020
19-year-old De'Von Bailey was shot by two Colorado Springs police officers following the report of a robbery. He ran from police as they tried to search him. Officers said they feared he was reaching for a weapon as he ran. A gun was found in his shorts following the shooting. Ultimately, the FBI concluded that "although undoubtedly devastating to his family, friends, and community, did not result from any willful violation of Mr. Bailey’s constitutional rights."
Protesters in Colorado Springs made their way to the Colorado Springs Police Department's downtown headquarters, where FOX21's Courtney Fromm captured audio of department's issuance to disperse.
— Courtney Fromm (@courtney_fromm) May 30, 2020
Demonstrators were also out in Pueblo on Saturday, as reported by KOAA.
Just like in many cities across the country, demonstrators were out in Pueblo Saturday.https://t.co/srWlQzzsN3
— KOAA News5 (@KOAA) May 30, 2020
Meantime, as the Associated Press has reported, soldiers at Fort Carson with the military police have been put on notice to be ready to deploy to Minnesota.
Just after 7:30 p.m. the Colorado Springs Police Department asked people to avoid the downtown area as "officers work to bring the protest back to a peaceful state."
Unfortunately, during tonight's protest in front of the Police Operations Center, several protesters engaged in criminal activity.
Please avoid the downtown area as officers work to safely bring the protest back to a peaceful state. pic.twitter.com/fKikA3MTfK
— Colorado Springs Police Department (@CSPDPIO) May 31, 2020
In a separate tweet, CSPD said "Although several lawful orders were given to disperse, protesters failed to comply. Officers were forced to introduce chemical irritants into the crowd in order to disperse the unlawful and violent gathering."
KOAA published the following video of the chemical irritants from several blocks away.
RIGHT NOW: This is the scene from where I am at Rio Grande and Tejon. Protestors outside of the Police Operations Center. Looks like tear gas. @ryanmutchkoaa is out there, getting footage. I’ll be working on a full story for 10 on @KOAA. #GeorgeFloydprotests #ColoradoSprings pic.twitter.com/8fCpbqGzkT
— Colette Bordelon (@ColetteBordelon) May 31, 2020
The demonstration in Colorado Springs reportedly continued until around midnight. Authorities shut down all streets in the area and repeatedly used tear gas to try to disperse the crowd. The El Paso County Sherrif's Office tweeted out that "multiple arrests" were made, but no further information was given.
— Courtney Fromm (@courtney_fromm) May 31, 2020