Sunday afternoon, a group of anti-police troublemakers suddenly descended on a Back the Blue event in Denver. They began blowing whistles, banging drums and, some of them started throwing punches, forcing police to intervene before the gathering was successfully shut down early, based on reports.
The sixth annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Day event was scheduled to be held Sunday from 3 to 6 pm at the amphitheater in Civic Center Park in Denver. They advertised the event on their Facebook page.
Randy Corporon, an lawyer who helped arrange the “family-friendly” event involving food and live music by Becker Band, said Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen had requested him to either reschedule or move the pro-police gathering from its normal location, citing a risk that officers may very well be put in danger as Black Lives Matter demonstrators planned a counter-protest also at the Civic Middle Park during the same time.
“He was agitated that we’re going to get his officers hurt,” Corporon told the Denver Post. “My response to him was that he should allow his officers to do their job and if people are down there breaking the law, to cease them. Because they’ll have nothing to fear from us.”
“We’re exercising our constitutional right to peacefully assemble, and we have no intention of giving up that ground to these domestic terrorists,” he said before the event. “This chief of police is the guy who walked hand-in-hand with Black Lives Matter.”
“If you agree that the domestic terrorists don’t own the streets and our parks in my birthplace, once beautiful Denver Colorado, please join me,” Corporon tweeted Saturday promoting the occasion the subsequent day.
Not long after the band started playing at 3 pm, anti-police demonstrators, who significantly outnumbered the group who had shown up to show their support for law enforcement, they entered the amphitheater and banged drums, blew whistles, clanged pots, clapped and shouted obscenities to drown out the music, the Denver Post reported.
A number of people threw punches. Pictures reveal clashes between women from opposing sides pulling on each other’s hair. A man was bloodied and had a big gash in his forehead.
Officers on duty to monitor the event tried to form a line between the two groups however couldn’t completely separate the opposing sides. Denver Police later confirmed they used chemical sprays in at least three separate cases to help disperse the crowd.
Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin posted several videos documenting the events Sunday as they unfolded. She said Black Lives Matter protesters swarmed the stage and attacked several women attending the pro-police rally, some using collapsable batons.
Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli reacted to the “Outrageous violence” seen in Denver Sunday, tweeting “These tyrannical, left-wing anarchists hate free speech. If you do not agree with them, they believe you must be beaten down – literally.”
Most people showing support for law enforcement had left inside an hour. Anti-police demonstrators additionally stood in front of a police vehicle to prevent it from leaving, the Post reported.
One person was arrested for assault. Police said a supervisor was at the scene to make sure the two pepper ball deployments and one hand-held fog device deployment were carried out in line with the department’s policy.
“Our goal is to make sure everybody has the ability to exercise their First Amendment rights. Those tools are used only if there is some sort of disruption or threat to safety,” Denver police spokesman Tyrone Campbell told the Post.
The counter-protest was organized by Party for Socialism and Liberation, and other Black Lives Matter supporters, together with the Afro-Liberation Front, according to KMGH-TV.
Party of Socialism and Liberation organizer, Lillian House, stated any celebration in support of police is “unacceptable” and “just all around out of touch with the struggles people are facing.”
“There’s not much else to say other than every cop here is a terrorist by association,” Hale Rardin, a Black Lives Matter supporter there told the station.
In response to the trashing of law enforcement, Pro Police Rally Colorado founder Ron MacLachlan said the group isn’t against police reform at all, and they’re not against Black Lives Matter advocating for racial justice either. But he did make a distinction that “We’ve got to stand with our men and women in law enforcement. Without them, we are in chaos and anarchy.”
“The idea that these people have been around for the last six weeks going out and terrorizing different neighborhoods for a couple hours at a time, that’s not acceptable,” he said, referring to the civil unrest that’s gone on throughout the country since George Floyd died at the hands of Minneapolis police back in May.
Before the event Sunday, MacLachlan said the pro-police gathering was not only for officers but additionally for their families. He contemplated, “What kind of home are they in when they have that kind of tension going on inside their lives?”
Malkin also claimed MacLachlan “was beaten with just minutes after praying” by Black Lives Matter protesters utilizing a bullhorn and a longhorn. She additionally said police Chief Pazen, “who marched with BLM last month, let pro-police patriots get beaten and silenced.”
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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