A ninth night of protests over the death of George Floyd launched Friday with multiple marches and rallies taking place in the heart of Denver.
One newly formed group, Colorado Attorneys Against Police Violence, took over the speakers on the Capitol steps to announce their intentions to stand with protesters and denounce racism and police violence.
“We know you all are on the right side of history, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy,” LaQunya Baker, a Denver lawyer told the crowd.
While the first four nights of protests featured vandalism and looting among people on the streets and police firing tear gas and projectiles at protesters, recent nights have brought large, but calm crowds. Marches planned by various groups come and go from the Capitol grounds throughout the night.
Friday appears no different with at least one march planned to kick off at 8 p.m. with a schedule saying it will last two hours.
Two events in the metro area are planned for Saturday:
- Blackout 2020 Aurora, sponsored by Say Their Names 5280 and 5280 Rapid Response Team, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Aurora Municipal Center, 14999 E. Alameda Ave., Aurora.
- #BlackLivesMatter student led protest, hosted by Denver Metro BLM, 4 p.m., Saturday, 18250 E. 51st Ave., Denver. https://www.facebook.com/events/285730689132418/