March 11, 2012 in Event
Civic Center Park to Police Administration Building
Occupy Denver March
March 24, 2012 at Noon
End the Assault!
Peaceful Rally Against Police Brutality and Harassment
Peace & Nonviolence Teach In at 11 AM, Civic Center Park
Assemble, March Notes & Speakers: Noon Civic Center Park
Begin March: Approximately 12:45 PM
Speakers: Police Administration Building
Return March: Approximately 2:15 PM
Wrap Up & Speakers: Civic Center Park
“First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.” – Martin Niemller
The Denver Police Department has a long history of police brutality, this harassment and violence is not unique to Occupy Denver protestors. The Denver Police Department ranks #6 in the nation for misconduct reports, and shelled out over $1.34 million dollars last year in brutality settlements. The officers who murdered Marvin Booker, and countless others are still employed by the state. It has been reported that the new police chief Robert White was brought in to end the brutality, but since he has taken over the force we have seen a ramping up of aggressive behavior and tactics.
Occupy Denver and the people of Colorado will march peacefully from Civic Center Park to the Police Administration Building on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at noon to show that we will no longer tolerate the brutality of a handful of Denver Police. In a blatant attempt to intimidate three protesters who were standing in the bus lane on Broadway, a Police SUV accelerated towards them and nearly struck them. If roles were reversed, charges of attempted vehicular homicide would be pending right now. We will also expose separate events involving harassment. Harmony, balance and peace are achievable in this city and we must come together as a unified community.
During a march recently near the Federal Reserve Building in Denver, a protester was shoved forcefully from behind by a bicycle policeman towards the sidewalk. The charge, at minimum, would be assault of a Police Officer if the roles were reversed. This action was completely unnecessary because the protester was already heading for the sidewalk as directed by the Police.
Being arrested without cause is an extreme form of harassment. It has been used against some of those associated with the Occupy Denver Movement, especially those who occupy 24/7. You may hear from some of them before the march or at the Denver Police Administration Headquarters. We may also have some guests who have won lawsuits against the City of Denver over Police Brutality share their stories with us.
At 11:00 AM, the Peace & Nonviolence Committee will host a teach-in at Civic Center Park before the march. Join us to learn more about our peaceful methods of engagement. We need to look beyond the fracturing events that have caused this march to unity which includes all. It is not us vs. them. It is not about the Denver Police Department vs. the Occupiers. It IS about living, working and loving together. It is about building community, community that works for all of us.