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Second night of protesters clashing with police in Colorado Springs



Around 10:15 Sergeant Olav Chaney read a statement to the protesters from the chief of police.

The statement read, "Over the past few days, I have thought deeply about what I could say as your city's chief of police that would make a difference following the events that transpired in Minneapolis."

"As I reflected, I came to understand that there are no words that could fully provide stability after the video that has caused so much strife, pain, anger and a negative perception of law enforcement across our entire nation," Chaney read to the crowd.

"Instead, I want to give you my honest outlook. I am not in a position to sit in judgement of another law enforcement organization." That statement drew boos from some of the protesters while others called for the crowd to "let him finish."

Sergeant Chaney continued to read the statement from Police Chief Vince Niski. "Just like we try not to judge individuals. From what I have seen and from what I know about use of force procedures, the actions of the police in Minneapolis were questionable and tragic," the statement read.

"In being transparent with everyone, I am saddened. I am saddened by Mr. Floyd's death, as every life is precious. I am saddened watching communities being burned in protest, as violence is never the answer."

"And lastly, I am saddened to see trust in law enforcement diminished. As the actions of the few do not represent us all."

The protesters demanded at least one officer take a knee with the crowd. Sergeant Chaney told them the officers could not do that for safety reasons.

Someone in the crowd threw a water bottle and fireworks followed after that.

Shortly before 11:00, a protester was arrested and the crowd chanted "peaceful protest."

At 11:45 protesters were talking back and forth with officers. They refuse to leave until a police officer takes a knee.



Protesters have taken a knee and are demanding police to do the same. They are chanting "no justice, no peace."


Protesters have returned to the POC chanting "hands up, don't shoot." They're being met by police in riot gear.


Protesters have left the Police Operations Center. Riot police have also left, and they didn't use any tear gas. Most of the crowd moved back towards City Hall.


For the second night, protesters are walking towards the Police Operations Center in downtown Colorado Springs. A crowd started marching there around 7:00 p.m.

Colorado Springs Police say protesters have blocked the intersection of Nevada and Rio Grande. They're asking people to avoid the area.

That's the same place where violence broke out Saturday around 5:30 p.m. after an afternoon of peaceful protests. Police said protesters threw glass bottles and rocks and vandalized police cruisers outside the POC.

At least one person was arrested during Saturday night's protests.

Protests started again Sunday morning. The peaceful protests continued throughout the morning and afternoon.

We have crews in downtown and we'll update this story with any new developments.

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