A group of activists marched through an Aurora neighborhood Thursday evening as part of a protest outside the home of a warden of a local immigration detention center.

Organizers of the protest, a group called Abolish ICE Denver, said on Facebook that the purpose of the protest, which was held outside the home of Johnny Choate, was to demand the end of immigration raids in Colorado, while raising “the level of confrontation against Border Patrol, ICE, DHS, and GEO affiliates. … ”

“We’ve been at the detention center a lot,” said Matthew Wozniak, an organizer with Abolish ICE Denver, in an interview. “What happened out here made a lot of noise.”

The detention center is operated by the privately run GEO Group under a contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The facility has seen its share of demonstrations, including in July, when a group removed an American flag out front.

This week, the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado released a 42-page report detailing alleged medical abuses and neglect at the facility.

Paulina Knoblock, 22, one of the activists, said at the protest that there has to be a more humane way to enact immigration policies.

In a statement, the GEO Group said the protest at the Choate’s home “set a new low in our politics and public discourse.”

“We hope the community support and pushback from brave leaders opposing this dangerous idea will serve as a deterrent for any future protests targeting people in their family’s homes and neighborhoods,” the statement said. “These misdirected attacks and intimidation of our employees must stop, and we encourage our local leaders to stand against these hateful tactics and push for a return to civil discourse.”

During the protest, activists, some wearing red shirts that read “Close the concentration camps,” gathered at the Tollgate Crossing Metro District community center before making their way through the subdivision.

Protesters recited chants, such as “No justice, no peace. No ICE or police,” and “GEO has got to go” as some residents living in the neighborhood stood on their lawns, driveways and streets to watch them. One person told protesters to “get jobs.”

One of the neighborhood residents, Josh Maddox, said he wished the protesters had gone to the detention center rather than his home.

“They have every right to do this,” he said, adding that it’s the “beauty of America.”

Police, some in riot gear, trailed the protesters. At least three people, including two men, were arrested during the protest for obstruction, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, according to the Aurora Police Department.

Police Chief Nick Metz called the actions of some of the protesters “vile and disgusting.”

“(The police department) protects free speech, but your message was completely lost,” Metz tweeted. “U were out of your league. My cops were simply AMAZING despite your attempts to bait them into a confrontation!”

The activists’ decision to hold the demonstration at Choate’s home also drew criticism from others, including from U.S. Rep. Jason Crow, who said he disagreed with the approach.

“We need more oversight of ICE facilities, not the protest of individuals at their private home,” he said in a statement.

— Justin Wingerter contributed to this report.