DENVER (KDVR) — A post on Reddit advertised a protest in front of the Denver Police Department headquarters on Saturday evening turned violent and destructive.
12 arrests were made and one officer was injured with a concussion and 3rd degree burns, according to DPD.
In a press conference held by Denver Police on Sunday afternoon, Mayor Hancock said it was not a protest – it was a riot. Hancock said anarchists came intending to cause violence in Denver.
“The people that showed up last night, the anarchists who showed up last night brought weapons to the table. They had guns, explosives, axes, machetes, and had one intent purpose… and that was to harm our officers that were there to serve in the line of duty,” said Murphy Robinson, Director of the Department of Public Safety.
“This will not be tolerated in our city. You are not welcomed here. If you choose to come back to Denver, Colorado to incite anarchy, destruction, and violence, I will assure you, you will be met with every tool in our disposal from law and policy that we can use to stop you,” said Robinson.
Robinson said he will be suspending the inmate cap that was in place due to COVID-19.
“I want you to know, if you harm our city in any way, you will be arrested and you will be a resident of the Denver County Jail,” said Robinson.
“We gotta protect our citizens, we must protect our law enforcement, and we must protect damage against our public buildings and our private buildings,” said Mayor Hancock.
Hancock said they plan on seeking restitution for the damages across the city.
SkyFOX was over the area tracking the group as Denver police followed them. Agitators shot fireworks at officers, set fires in the streets and broke windows.
The post for the demonstration calls out government officials for vetoing a bill that would have allowed Denver residents to vote on defunding the police and putting a Peace Force in place.
The demonstration says the city has failed and refused to address their demands about defunding the DPD.