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Protesters debate if late night violence in Colorado Springs hurts their message

Protest against police brutality at City Hall in Colorado Springs.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - After four consecutive days of peaceful protests followed by four nights of officers forcibly dispersing the crowd due to violence -- we talked to demonstrators to see how they think the late night violence is affecting their message.

Protester Sarah Switzer told me people need to stop looking at the violence through what she calls a privileged lense.

"I think deep-seated anger will make people do things that are not necessarily always peaceful," she said.

She related the situation to the simultaneous MLK and Malcolm X protests in the '60s, saying the violence we're seeing late at night here and across the country is unfortunate but perhaps a necessary part of the protest process, making clear how serious the situation really is.

"Violence is visited upon black bodies in this country on a daily basis. After 400 years of asking to be seen and treated as human in this country -- how some people choose to demand that they be seen as human and treated as human is legitimate."

But some of the other people gathered at City Hall and Acacia Park on Wednesday tell KRDO they're worried the late-night throwing of rocks and bottles at police is tainting their message.

"Their frustration is valid but the method they’re doing is a distraction. It is defecting away from the message we’re doing here, which is about peace, which is about respectfully asking for things to change in legislation," Shanet Reed, a local school teacher, said.

"You already know this? Why would you stay?" another protester, Chineta-Lynn said. "Come back tomorrow, you can make your point again."

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Julia Donovan

Julia is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Julia here.

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7 Comments

  1. Uhh look in the mirror, over 90% of crime on blacks is committed by………..blacks!!!!!

  2. They’ll have to wait until their next check from Soros clear before they can make up their minds on the matter.

  3. Today is the 3rd. They are still running on Welfare, SNAP and “Unemployment” benefits.
    Give them a few days when those hoodsters realize they wasted their Jordan and Supreme T-shirts money on spray paint and protest signs.

  4. “But some of the other people gathered at City Hall and Acacia Park on Wednesday tell KRDO they’re worried the late-night throwing of rocks and bottles at police is tainting their message.”
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    Duh! It’s worrisome that only some of the protesters understand that. Peaceful demonstrations have their place, and can get the message across, but senseless violence always destroys the credibility of the protesters.

  5. First of all they have no message. This is a bunch of misguided morons. Seeking Justice for a career Criminal. The organizers of these Protest should be held accountable for all the Mayhem, looting, Vandalism and deaths. That always occur when idiots take to the streets on behalf of the death of a Criminal that would rob and shoot them given the chance

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