DENVER — Saturday afternoon, Governor Polis issued a statement on the demonstrations that took place Thursday and Friday in Denver.
Also on Saturday, Polis authorized the Colorado National Guard to support the city and county of Denver with public safety activities through the weekend. The release from the Governor's Office said this is a different mission and these are different guardsmen and women than those supporting the fight against COVID-19. The work of those units continues on that mission.
The statement from the Governor is as follows:
“Friday’s demonstrations against the senseless killing of George Floyd and far too many innocent black Americans before him began as a peaceful day time protest and unfortunately shifted into disorder late into the evening. It appears the disruptors that caused damage throughout the city were not necessarily the same peaceful protesters from the day time. Unfortunately, because of a few individuals who were more focused on causing unrest and damage rather than advocating for justice, people awoke to images of smashed out windows, graffiti, and the smell of tear gas. We are all filled with grief about the unjust murder of George Floyd and I stand ready to join hands with those hurting today as we peacefully work for justice. Today is a new day and it is my hope and the hope of all Coloradans that any future demonstrations remain peaceful. To those peacefully protesting at a safe social distance, know that I see you and I am listening. Mayor Hancock has requested the support of the National Guard to help keep people safe and prevent further destruction and I have granted that request.”