Denver Pro-Police Rally Driven From Venue By Anti-Cop Extremists

Townhall Media/Julio Rosas

Yesterday, a group that supports police officers tried to hold a rally in Denver.

 

These rallies, promoted under the Twitter hashtag #backtheblue, have become more and more common over the past couple of years as the nation’s police forces have come under direct assault by violent anarchists in the streets and their fluffers and fellow-travelers who hold elective and appointive office.

This one did not work out well.

Dueling rallies in downtown Denver devolved into chaos and some violence Sunday afternoon as protesters crashed a pro-police rally in Civic Center.

The anti-police protesters greatly outnumbered the pro-police crowd and moved into their rally’s space in the park’s amphitheater shortly after the demonstration supporting law enforcement started around 3 p.m.

The protesters banged drums, blew whistles, clanged pots, clapped, and shouted obscenities to drown out the pro-police rally, where a band had been playing music to a small crowd. The chaotic clash between groups led to some violence, with several people throwing punches in isolated disputes. Law enforcement officers attempted to form a line around the two groups, but could not completely separate them.

After about an hour, most of the pro-police demonstrators left the plaza, and police also began to retreat. The anti-police protesters followed officers as they retreated and at least one officer fired pepper spray into the crowd of protesters. It was not immediately clear what prompted the use of the spray.

This is how the #backtheblue rally started.

But as demonstrators crashed the stage, chaos took hold:

Police, apparently, did little to prevent the mob violence and focused on shutting down the #backtheblue rally as, ostensibly, a means to separate the two sides. What it effectively did was establish a de facto policy in Denver that it is entirely legitimate to drive a legal and permitted rally off city property if you can organize a sufficiently large mob. Or maybe the rule only applies to the correct organizations.

In cities across the nation, we’ve seen police officials and elected officials actively collaborate with mobs to the detriment of the common good. In Portland and Seattle, the governments of those two cities might as well pull on the black ski masks and start hurling bricks and breaking windows so closely are they allied with the Antifa-led mobs.

We are reaching a breakpoint where law enforcement needs to get serious about crushing this nonsense out, or we are only one step removed from the street fighting in Weimar Germany in 1919.