Deadly Taking pictures in Denver Amid Dueling Protests, Police Say


DENVER — One particular person was fatally shot in Denver on Saturday in opposition to the backdrop of opposing rallies between far-right and far-left activists, although the police didn’t instantly join the taking pictures to the dueling demonstrations.

The taking pictures occurred at 3:37 p.m. native time close to the courtyard of the Denver Artwork Museum because the protests had been winding down, officers stated.

A video shows a single shot being fired and several other cops speeding to the scene, shouting, “Drop the gun!” A person might be seen mendacity down on the sidewalk as officers encompass him.

The sufferer was taken to a hospital, the place he later died, Joe Montoya, chief of the Police Division’s investigations division, stated at a information convention on Saturday night.

“There was a verbal altercation that transpired on the space of the taking pictures,” he stated, declining to attach the gunman and the sufferer with the protests till the police completed their investigation.

Two weapons had been recovered on the scene, he stated.

Each the sufferer and the gunman had been white males, Chief Montoya stated. They weren’t publicly recognized by the authorities.

The gunman was instantly taken into custody on the scene, he stated, including that one other particular person had initially been taken into custody however had later been discovered to have had no connection to the taking pictures.

The Denver Post reported that a member of its staff had witnessed the taking pictures. It stated {that a} man had sprayed mace at one other man and that the person who had been sprayed fired a handgun.

Chief Montoya wouldn’t verify that report however stated {that a} canister of mace had been recovered on the scene.

The Denver police, and personnel from the sheriff’s workplaces of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, had been current on the protests earlier than the taking pictures.

Requested why there had been such a heavy police presence, the chief stated it was as a result of “we had two teams with opposing views.”

Chelsea Jacobs, a member of the Denver Communists, stated that Saturday’s occasion, which the group referred to as a Black Lives Matter-antifa soup drive, had been organized in response to a “Patriot Muster” that the group noticed being marketed a couple of week in the past.

The “soup rally” was meant to be ironic in response to feedback that far-left protesters throw soup cans, she stated.

Ms. Jacobs stated that she had been on the north finish of the park, the place the police had moved the group she was with, and that the taking pictures had occurred on the south finish of the park.

Demonstrators from the right-wing group filmed the Denver Communists over a short lived fence that separated the 2 sides, however the teams didn’t bodily conflict, she stated.

A tweet promoting the Patriot Muster referred to as for all “patriots” to “Arise. Present up.”

“It’s time to Roll,” an activist, John Tiegen, wrote on Twitter. “BLM, Antifa, and associated Marxist associations are assaulting every part we love and cherish about this nation.”

This was not the primary time opposing teams clashed over the previous few months, as racial unrest and a looming election have ignited protests throughout the nation.

In Denver, companies close to the place Saturday’s protests had been held had been warned concerning the potential for violence after clashes earlier this summer time. Protesters with the Occasion for Socialism and Liberation disrupted a pro-police rally in July, and the 2 teams engaged in fist fights, CBS 4 reported.

On Aug. 29, a person affiliated with a right-wing group was shot and killed in Portland, Ore. Town has had protests in opposition to police brutality since early this summer time.

Some Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland have taken a more confrontational approach, going into residential and largely white neighborhoods with bullhorns and shouting for folks of their properties to come back out to exhibit their assist.

There have additionally been cases of individuals driving into demonstrators. In July, Summer Taylor, 24, was struck and killed whereas collaborating in a march in Seattle.