Pueblo Police officers, chief walk with protestors

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PUEBLO, Colo. — Pueblo has a protest planned for the Riverwalk at 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 30, a protest in Pueblo was peaceful. Monday, Police Chief Troy Davenport released a video message to the community, thanking them for being peaceful this weekend and asking for that again Monday night.

“Pueblo Police Department is committed to protecting the constitutional right of those who choose to protest and assemble peacefully. We are also committed to protecting the safety of those who choose to protest or demonstrate. We’re also tasked with protecting the property of the citizens, including government,” said Chief Davenport.

He mentioned that our nation is just beginning to recover from difficulties from the COVID-19 pandemic, saying if the community is destructive of businesses, it will prolong the situation.

“Pueblo is my hometown, I’m proud of the way Pueblo has handled the situation so far,” Davenport said.

Watch his full video statement below:

“I’m frankly mortified,” Chief Davenport said. “Immediately after being made aware of the incident. I went to every roll-call of oncoming police officers for the Pueblo Police Department. I indeed shared with them I was mortified by what I had seen and reminded them of our duty to care for those in our custody.”

Chief Davenport also said that every officer in Pueblo is now being trained on how to handle situations like this better, using Floyd’s death as an example.

7:10 p.m.

Protests began just after 7 p.m. and groups circled the river walk area in Downtown Pueblo despite the wind and rain.

7:22 p.m.

For the most part the protesters stayed out of the way of traffic sticking to the side walks chanting and holding signs.

7:38 p.m.

Pueblo Police Chief joined the protest and walked with them around the river.

7:56 p.m.

Pueblo Police Chief Troy Davenport addressed the crowd. He said human life is precious and I’m at a loss of words that one of those officers… real officers don’t do that!”

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