Pepper Balls, Mace and 20 Arrests at Occupy Denver
The Denver Post has excellent photos here of Saturday's unpleasant encounter between the Occupy Denver protesters and the police, during which 20 people were arrested. Police say they were attacked and reacted, the protesters say police over-reacted and attacked them. Westword has more and additional photos.
There was a peaceful march by 2,000 protesters earlier in the day. It moved to the state capitol where tensions began to rise:
A group of the marchers advanced toward the building and some tried to make their way up the steps. About eight officers scuffled with a group of protesters and police confirmed that they used Mace and fired pepper balls — hollow projectiles filled with the chemical irritant — to break up the crowd. Protesters told the paper at the time that they believed police used rubber bullets.
"Hollow projectiles" filled with pepper spray sounds closer to rubber bullets than "pepper balls" to me, but I'm no expert.
[A police spokesman said] Protesters kicked police and knocked one officer off his motorcycle. He said five protesters were arrested, including two for assault and one for disobedience.
The protesters then moved to the park where they started to set up tents, which the city has disallowed as being against the law. Police say they gave multiple warnings. In all, there were 20 arrests.
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