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Crowds and police clash in second night of Denver protests

Chase Golightly

DENVER (KRDO) -- For the second night in a row, protesters and police clashed in the streets of downtown Denver amid calls for justice for a black man who died in police custody earlier this week.

The death of George Floyd, a Minnesota man who died after an officer knelt on his neck, has sparked protests throughout the country.

In Denver, a mostly peaceful protest Friday erupted into more riots involving vandalism, destruction, tear gas and projectiles. Some people were seen spray-painting a statue near the Capitol steps.

KRDO reporter Chase Golightly was there Friday night as the protests continued. You can follow his live coverage here:

Around 10 p.m. a dumpster fire ignited, sending tall flames into air already thick with tear gas.

KRDO will continue coverage of any protests through the weekend.

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  1. I bet if they had to wake up the next morning to go to work they wouldn’t have been out there? Are they practicing social distancing?? That’s probably all Hancock and Polis are worried about….masks and social distancing. Burn the city….but make sure you do it safely by wearing a mask and conforming to social distancing.

  2. Soooooo???? I’m going to riot and vandalize my City that is 4 states away from and had absolutely nothing to do with the issue?? Ya know, I’m pissed cause McDonalds messed up my drive through order……I think I’ll go throw a rock through the window of JC Penny……….

  3. I do believe starting tonight and this weekend….we will see if our country will forever change….Active troops should be emplaced by tomorrow night….with offensive operations starting earliest Monday….Defensive can start tonight…I pray all will calm down…as a Soldier though…..I have a very bad feeling about this…If one innocent bystander or Soldier is smoked needlessly….we will see a revolution…I seen it in to many countries….Americans are very good at escalating use of force law….We just not good at it de-escalating

    1. That would be our Ft. Sumter? i truely thought tbe needless lockdowns would have ignited the nation but perharps Floyds death is the last straw.

  4. Here is what is wrong with this whole thing:
    – Protestors complaining that police are killing black folks. Problem: Autopsy now says he died of a heart condition triggered by fighting and with drugs and/or alcohol in system, not choking or neck pressure.
    – Protesters complaining that there is no accountability for officers. Problem: He got fired and arrested. Sounds like accountability to me.
    – The arrest and charges took place swiftly. Problem: Firing done before investigation. He can now claim he was fired based on politics and not fact. Problem: Charges before investigation, and autopsy now ways officer did not kill him. Officer will be acquitted.
    – Protesters say black people being treated disparately in the criminal justice system. Problem: Black people commit a disparate amount of the violent crime in this country (see FBI UCR 2017 Table 43)

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