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Rioters Attack Denver PD Headquarters, Loot And Vandalize Businesses

Denver, CO – Twelve people were arrested and one police officer was seriously injured during a violent riot at Denver Police Department headquarters on Saturday night.

The anti-police demonstration was advertised as being in response to officers clearing a homeless encampment earlier in the week and told protesters to “bring your gear,” KMGH reported.

But the groups who showed up to storm police headquarters on Aug. 22 carried signs that called for abolishing the police, stopping racism, and justice for Elijah McClain.

A van pulled up before 9 p.m. and handed out shields to some of the protesters, KMGH reported.

KMGH reported having witnessed protesters carrying a bat and an ax.

Police said that violent protesters with shields and umbrellas began shaking the fence set up around the police headquarters at about 9 p.m.

Rioters set off fireworks and threw incendiary devices at the officers, KMGH reported.

Police in crowd control gear ultimately deployed pepper balls and smoke to push protesters back from their headquarters, according to KMGH.

Rioters set fires on utility boxes and in the middle of the street as they marched through downtown vandalizing and looting businesses.

Videos posted to social media showed rioters smashing out the windows and doors of a Quiznos in downtown Denver.

Later video showed the family that owned the franchise restaurant trying to clean up and repair damage so it could be secured for the night.

Police said 12 people were arrested during the mayhem, KMGH reported.

Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen said one officer suffered a concussion and third-degree burns as a result of the assault on officers, The Colorado Sun reported.

The officer was expected to recover.

City officials condemned the rioting, The Colorado Sun reported.

“I want to be clear, what we experienced last night was not a protest. It was anarchy,” Denver Department of Public Safety Executive Director Murphy Robinson said. “The people that showed up last night — the anarchists that showed up last night — brought weapons to the table. They had guns, they brought explosives, axes, machetes and had one intent purpose and that was to harm our officers that were there to serve in the line of duty to protect our city.”

Colorado Governor Jared Polis called the chaos on Saturday “acts of criminal terrorism.”

“Just as we all condemn inexcusable acts of terror against a family-owned restaurant, acts of criminal terrorism are just as wrong against corporate chains and public buildings,” Polis tweeted in reference to the vandalism and looting at the Quiznos. “An attack against any of our lives and property is an attack against all of our lives and property.”

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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