DENVER — Another 170 people were arrested Sunday in Denver in the nighttime riots that followed a fourth day of peaceful protests of the in-custody death of George Floyd.
That makes for a total of 284 arrests over four days in conjunction with the disturbances, the City of Denver said on Monday.
Charges vary, but include violation of curfew order, assault, criminal mischief, assault to peace officer, burglary and arson.
Protesters gathered at the Colorado Capitol building for a fourth day beginning Sunday afternoon.
Shortly after 8 p.m., when Denver's curfew went into effect, protesters began marching down Colfax Avenue. Tear gas and flashbangs were reported near Colfax and Washington Street after a day of peaceful protests.
About 9 p.m., protesters continued to face off with law enforcement, some creating a barricade using fencing and signs. By 10:30 p.m., crowds had dispersed some but were still walking through the streets of Denver.
Earlier on Sunday, many gathered on the lawn at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts lying on their stomachs with their hands behind their backs chanting, “I can’t breathe."
What to know right now:
- RTD will suspend services through Monday; no bus or rail service to/from downtown Denver; Union Station and Civic Center Station remain closed
- 83 people were arrested Saturday, Denver Police said
- Paramedics responded to 45 calls on Saturday, 31 were transported, Denver Health said
- Suspect arrested after police say he deliberately drove into officers and a civilian causing serious injuries
Protests at the Capitol over the past three days have been peaceful and have drawn hundreds of thousands of participants before riots began later in the afternoon or evening that police have responded to with tear gas, pepper balls and foam projectiles.
Organizers of peaceful protests on Saturday urged people to go home in mid-afternoon, well-ahead of the 8 p.m. curfew imposed on the city in response to the riots.
Many people remained in downtown past the 8 p.m. curfew time on Saturday, which resulted in another night of riots with vandalism, fires and looting. Some people put up a barricade of chain-link fencing and road closure signs at 14th Avenue and Lincoln Street, which police quickly dismantled.
Police largely gained control over the crowd within a couple hours.
The Denver Police Department (DPD) said 83 people were arrested Saturday night on suspicion of curfew violation, and some were arrested on suspicion of throwing projectiles, damaging property and having prohibited weapons.
Denver Health said paramedics responded to 45 calls Saturday night. A spokesperson said some paramedic vehicles were damaged during the protests and that crews, who are unarmed, are wearing ballistic helmets and vests for improved safety.
DPD said 13 people were arrested in Thursday's violence, and 19 were arrested on Friday.
DPD tweeted Sunday afternoon saying they arrested six people on weapons charges.
Mayor Michael Hancock instituted a countywide curfew on Saturday and said it would run from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday nights. On Monday, the mayor extended the curfew to run from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Friday morning.
"Once 8 p.m. hits, our message is very simple: 'Go home,' " Hancock said at a news conference on Saturday. "If you are planning on coming downtown tonight, stay home."
Here's what protests looked like on Sunday
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