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George Floyd protest in downtown Colorado Springs starts peacefully on Saturday

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- About a thousand people gathered in downtown Colorado Springs early Saturday afternoon to protest the death of George Floyd and police brutality.

Prior to the violent protests that erupted after 5:30 p.m. near the city's Police Operations Center, peaceful demonstrations took place downtown.

Hundreds initially congregated outside City Hall at 3 p.m., holding signs and chanting.

KRDO reporter Zachary Aedo says the scene remained peaceful throughout the afternoon, unlike the widespread incidents of violence and vandalism the last two nights in Denver.

The protest, called "Peaceful Protest For George Floyd," was scheduled for 3 p.m. outside City Hall, according to its Facebook page. A second event, planned an hour later also in the downtown area, was called "Protest Against Police Brutality - Rest in Power George Floyd." Based on social media comments, it appears the two events were planned separately, but ended up joining one another at Acacia Park.

Likesha Thornton says she traveled down from Monument to support the demonstration and ask for more police accountability when officers use deadly force.

"We're here to support and to fight for our rights," Thornton said. "To support George Floyd's family and to just show that what's going on is not right."

The video of Floyd begging for air while a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against the African American man's neck has sparked nationwide protests.

"I was disgusted at how somebody could take a life like that," said Shelby Dean between tears. "I will spend every second of everyday of my life changing this because my son will not grow up in this. My daughter will not grow up in this."

Saturday marked the third day of protests in Colorado, but the first demonstration to happen in Colorado Springs.

Some of the protestors we spoke with condemned the violent riots that have erupted in other cities. However, many also expressed their frustration because they say other peaceful forms of protesting have not brought changes in policy.

"I'm just frustrated as a black man that we have to deal with this in our country," said Colorado Springs resident Keys Johnson. "This is what happens when we're tired. We're tired of following a process that looks like it's going to work, but it's not working."

Johnson said he understands it's unlawful to vandalize and riot, but he says more people notice when those forms of protest happen.

"We need peaceful protests of course," he said. "But at the same time, if you're only going to pay attention to the rioting, then I don't understand what else we can do for you."

People holding signs on sidewalks were met with drivers honking in support of the peaceful protest. Colorado Springs police officers helped direct traffic as protestors then marched through downtown.

At one point officers retreated back into their cars as a crowd of protestors approached them, yet no violence happened as a result.

Resident Darian Jones says he was happy with the turnout.

"I want to say thank you to Colorado Springs Police Department because they allowed this peaceful protest to happen," he said. "They didn't incite anything. They were allowing people to move clearly up the street."

Jones also noted there were barely any counter protestors at the rally. KRDO's Zachary Aedo did not see anyone counter protesting.

"I didn't see anybody say anything bad," Jones said. "I think the people who had negative things to say stayed home and I say thank you."

People of all ages and races marched downtown and gathered at Acacia Park for the culmination of the two peaceful event around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Baylie Murr, a white teenager at the peaceful demonstration, says she attended in support of her African American friends.

"I won't fully understand because I'm not black and I don't know what they truly go through," Murr said. "But I think what we're going to remember is that everybody came together as one, no matter their skin color."

The majority of protestors were not following social distancing guidelines. However, many had face masks on and one person was even giving them out.

Despite public health officials discouraging large gatherings due to coronavirus, Dean says she these demonstrations are more important.

"You can't hear me through this mask and I need you to hear me," Dean said. "This is more important because this is going to change history. Maybe not today, maybe not next year, but this will be a part of what is created in the future for my son."

KRDO was live downtown this afternoon when the protest kicked off.

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  1. You know the cop did wrong and we all know it…BUT…If mister floyd would not have been acting out the police would not have contacted him nor would he have been placed under arrest!!!!! this guy is not a victim and people that think he is should read the report filed.

    1. If the police wouldn’t have been acting out, Mr. Floyd would’ve been arrested instead of murdered. I don’t need to read the report. There is video evidence from several different angles, That is the report. “The cop did wrong but …?” There is no excuse.

  2. I kind of thought the Springs was above this kind of impersonal political protesting. Guess the blue has traveled south from Denver. Am hearing that most people in protests are from “out of town”.

  3. Lame protest lame turn out. Seriously what is that like 20 maybe 30 people.

  4. Torigan: Seriously? Not a Victim? Please explain what crime he was convicted of & who deserves to be murdered in cold blood on the street by a cop pressing his knee in his neck (slowly choking the life from) while bystanders watch? Was he a Convicted Murder deserving death penalty? OR is it fact he had not been convicted of any crime accused on this day? Guilt before proven innocent deserves cold blooded murder by a cop who Knew him & worked at same place he did as Security? Seems this high & mighty cop saw opportunity to kill someone he knew & probably SO JEALOUS OF that worked as security same place he did! And if everyone as ignorant as you would have gotten away with it! Different story if THIS WAS YOU OR YOUR FAMILY / FRIEND BET??

  5. FYI when someone puts their hand on you it is a natural REFLEX to pull away this does NOT mean you’re RESISTING! If you don’t understand why these protests become violent & against cops then you haven’t experienced the Tyranny from so-called law enforcers! Do you Know your gov? Go read The Bankruptcy of the United States United States Congressional Record, March 27, 1993 Vol. 33, page H- 1303. The United States Fed gov was dissolved March 9, 1933, 48 Stat. 1, Public Law 89-719, by Pres. Roosevelt. New form of gov was adopted known as Democracy~ established Social / Communist order (Constitution doesn’t exist). United States is NOT a country it is a Corporation. Go check Dunn & Bradstreet educate yourselves!!

  6. DonutOperator did a great breakdown on a youtube vid with a Breaking Borders United officer follow up. Kneeling on someone’s neck for 7-8 minutes is how you kill someone not detain them. Those cops did not have the right to take Floyd’s life. To protect life and to serve the public.
    On a side note, will there be hate and vitriol toward these violent ‘protestors’ not following social distancing and mask rules? The various comments around the internet toward the Castle Rock Cafe made me near sick. People hoping the patrons would die slow and painful deaths from Covid, that they signed their mother’s death warrant, etc… or is there 2 separate baskets of eggs here?

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