Protest

A dusky photo of community members holding signs, marching to protest police brutality in downtown Colorado Springs.
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Monday marks the one-year anniversary of De'Von Bailey's death. Bailey was a Black Colorado Springs teenager who was shot and killed by police.

Two local organizations, Empowerment Solidarity Network and MOVE, have planned a march to remember Bailey and demand justice. 

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Colorado Springs City Council is planning a second vote to form a commission on police accountability in mid-July. The council has held multiple work sessions over the past few weeks to discuss input from community groups on forming the commission.

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Colorado Springs City Council had its second work session on Tuesday around the formation of a police advisory committee.

Two groups presented proposals on the idea. Both plans called for increased communication, transparency and accountability for the Colorado Springs Police Department. 

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City Council convenes Tuesday to continue discussions on forming an advisory committee for the Colorado Springs Police Department. Kevin Mitchell is a community organizer and member of the Empowerment Solidarity Network, one of the groups coordinating protest efforts in the city.

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Protesters gathered on Thursday afternoon outside of City Hall for a funeral procession to remember people in Colorado Springs killed by police. Protesters wore black and brought flowers and photos to carry as they walked through downtown.

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Colorado Springs City Council held a work session Thursday to talk about a proposed Police Advisory Committee.

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Colorado Springs City Council had a closed meeting Thursday to discuss creating an advisory committee aimed at addressing policing issues in the community. For folks like Samantha Christiansen, it's not nearly enough. She's a board member of the Chinook Center and the Empowerment Solidarity Network, two local organizations involved in coordinating protest efforts. 

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Protesters across Colorado and the country continue to call for police reforms in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. In recent days, people in smaller communities have also joined in, including in La Junta and Westcliffe. There have also been protests along the southern Colorado border. 

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Tuesday marked the first regular city council meeting in Colorado Springs since protests over police brutality began in the city. 

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Protesters across the country have gathered to denounce police brutality and demand action from their representatives. In Colorado Springs, protesters remember George Floyd, but also invoke the names of De'Von Bailey, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Tony McDade and others. 

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People gathered for a ninth day of protests in Colorado Springs Sunday. By late afternoon, hundreds of people were gathered on and around the steps of City Hall, with cars honking as they drove by.

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Several hundred people came out to Colorado Springs City Hall Sunday for a demonstration against police brutality. The protest, like others across the country, comes after the death of George Floyd. Floyd, an African American man, died at the hands of police in Minneapolis last week.

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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.

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George Floyd didn’t die in Denver, but his killing reignited a protest movement built over the last decade in this city. Thousands of people returned to the streets on Friday after destructive protests on Thursday night, one of several U.S. cities to echo with chants of, “No justice, no peace.”

“Colorado is one of the places where, when injustice takes place, we are known for rising up,” said Brother Jeff Fard, who hosts a talk show and runs Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center in northeast Denver.

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Across the country students walked out of school Wednesday morning, including in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah. In Colorado Springs, several hundred people surrounded Palmer High School for 17 minutes to honor the victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting.

Four Denver police officers were hit by a car while watching a high school demonstration protesting last week’s grand jury verdict in Ferguson.

The decision not to charge Officer Darren Wilson sparked demonstrations across the country, including in Colorado Springs.  

In Denver, nearly 1,000 East High School students walked out of class Wednesday and marched to the capitol. Students say the actual march was not planned.   

Still, officers shut down streets so students could cross.

Lisa Moline and Lane Hall, co-founders of the Overpass Light Brigade, will be speaking tonight at UCCS. Moline and Hall, both of whom are artists based in Milwaukee Wisconsin, began displaying illuminated protest messages on highway overpasses and in public spaces during the campaign to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in 2011. In the years since, the tactic has been employed in support of various causes around the country and around the world. The Big Something’s Noel Black spoke with the duo about their work.