COLORADO SPRINGS — Protestors gathered for a second time in as many days Sunday morning in downtown Colorado Springs. The group said it was calling for justice after George Floyd died in police custody in Minneapolis.
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FOX21 News crews watched police handcuff at least two people. Protesters, running from officers, told our crews police deployed tear gas and fired rubber bullets. Others say officers used non-chemical smoke canisters. The group largely dispersed by close to 1 a.m.
A CSPD officer read a statement from Chief of Police Vince Niski. A short time later, a lieutenant came over a loudspeaker, declared the gathering “an unlawful assembly” and ordered protesters to disperse. He repeated the order multiple times over several minutes.
No tear gas has been deployed.
Protesters are chanting “Take a knee and we will leave.”
Protesters are chanting “George Floyd. Say his name.” and “I can’t breathe.” outside of the Police Operations Center. They’re kneeling in the street and asking for police to also “take a knee.”
FOX21’s drone captured video of the protests earlier Sunday afternoon.
The group has moved toward the Pioneers Museum. They’re chanting “Whose streets? Our streets” and “I can’t breathe.”
A few officers are talking with protesters outside the Police Operations Center. One officer gave about 15 protesters his business card and shook their hands. A protestor gave that officer flowers.
A line of officers was outside the Police Operations Center wearing helmets and holding riot shields.
The protesters are now moving north toward city hall.
A new group of protesters has formed and is moving toward the Police Operations Center.
City crews are placing concrete barricades at the intersection of Weber Street and Rio Grande Street, just east of the police station.
The statue at the intersection of Nevada Avenue and Platte Avenue has been tagged with “BLM” in large letters.
The protest has moved to Acacia Park. The crowd stopped briefly to watch skateboarders in the bandshell. Around 5 p.m., organizers once again said the protest had concluded and asked people to gather again at 10 a.m. Monday.
Protestors are gathered on the steps of city hall as rain falls downtown. A man pulled up with a pickup truck and encouraged protesters to put their trash in the truck bed. Organizers also encouraged participants to pick up their trash, asking them to leave city hall better than they found it.
Organizers used a bullhorn to tell the crowd the protest had concluded for the day. They emphasized they are not part of the group that caused damage to city buildings after dark Saturday night. They said another protest will begin downtown at 10 a.m. Monday. Though organizers said the protest has concluded, other protestors expect people to stay downtown for a while longer.
Protesters are helping keep crowds out of the street, letting cars through. Protesters are chanting “No KKK, no racist USA, no Trump.”
Peaceful protests continue in front of City Hall. People are carrying signs and chanting ““Who’s got my back?” “I got your back.”
Mayor John Suthers spoke with FOX21 News about the protests. Watch the interview here.
Protesters are laying down in front of City Hall chanting, ‘I can’t breathe.’
Protesters speak on the sidewalk. FOX21 crews report the crowd is growing and marching west on Bijou.
Around 200 people gathered at Bijou and Wahsatch holding signs in a peaceful protest.
The Colorado Springs Police Department is on priority dispatch status as a result of planned protests expected today. The public is advised to contact 911 for emergencies only at this time. Police say for non-life threatening matters, please wait to make a report until normal operations resume.