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Gov. Polis releases statement on demonstrations in Denver Thursday

Shots fired at Capitol; protesters met with gas, rubber bullets
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Posted at 10:29 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 07:41:20-04

DENVER — Gov. Jared Polis released a statement Thursday night after the incidents of violence that took place in the city of Denver during a peaceful protest.

“Tonight is a very sad night for our state," Polis said in a statement. "While we are still uncovering all of the facts about what took place, a protest regarding the killing of George Floyd devolved into vandalism and violence, and I was absolutely shocked by video evidence of a motorist attempting to run over a protestor. Coloradans are better than this. I share the immense anguish we all feel about the unjust murder of George Floyd. But let me be clear, senseless violence will never be healed by more violence.

“These are extremely difficult times for our state, country, and world. Now more than ever we need to lift each other up and do right by each other. I ask everyone to make their voice heard peacefully and to turn their anger into advocacy and action -- never violence.”

Protesters on the streets in Denver were demanding justice for George Floyd Thursday. Rallies could be seen in major cities all over the U.S.

Denver police confirmed around 6:25 p.m. that shots were fired near Colfax Avenue and 15th Street, right outside the Capitol. Police said they were not sure if the shooting was related to the protest.

Hundreds of people were involved in the protest and march, which started around 5 p.m. at the state Capitol before parts of the group split off and marched near Coors Field.