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Protesters gather in Denver for 6th straight day, march through downtown

Posted at 7:49 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 09:49:29-04

DENVER — Thousands marched peacefully through downtown Denver for a sixth straight night on Tuesday, demanding justice for George Floyd, and the large crowd remained near the State Capitol as the citywide curfew went into effect at 9 p.m.

As the protesters stayed calm, the police did not intervene, a similar approach to how officers handled the protests Monday night.

Shortly before 6 p.m., protesters in Denver began marching from the Capitol north on Broadway and turned right on Welton Street. It appeared they were heading to the historic Five Points neighborhood, once referred to as the “Harlem of the West.”

As we saw on Monday, the protesters periodically knelt or sat down in honor of Floyd. It appeared they were kneeling every nine minutes, about the same amount of time that a Minnesota officer knelt on Floyd's neck.

The crowds continued marching through the downtown area, stopping outside of Coors Field and kneeling for Floyd again. By the time the protesters reached Union Station, the crowd stretched for blocks. Back at the State Capitol, hundreds more protesters rallied, listening to speeches, before marching down Broadway about 8 p.m.

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Denver's citywide curfew goes into effect again at 9 p.m. and runs until 5 a.m. On Monday, Denver police appeared to take a different approach in enforcing the curfew. Instead of dispersing crowds with tear gas and pepper balls, officers stayed mostly on the sidelines as the protesters remained peaceful, at one point sitting in silence for nine minutes for Floyd.

Protesters hold moment of silence for George Floyd on Broadway and Welton Street in downtown Denver