Plans for additional protests at Colorado’s Capitol seeking justice for George Floyd prompted the cancellation of Senate and House of Representatives sessions planned for Friday and Saturday.
Thursday evening’s rally protesting the death of Floyd after he was pinned to the ground by Minneapolis police — an officer can be seen on video with his knee against Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes — lasted well past midnight, with marchers blocking traffic on Interstate 25 and police deploying tear gas and pepper balls at demonstrators.
Someone fired shots toward the Capitol early in the evening, though nobody was injured. The Capitol building itself was vandalized, as were vehicles parked outside.
House Majority Leader Alec Garnett said the shutdown of the legislature, which only reconvened Tuesday after a 2½-month coronavirus-prompted break, is intended to “allow space for protests that we expect to continue on Friday and into the weekend.”
Rally organizers have spread images on social media that show Thursday evening’s protest was to be followed by additional demonstrations at the Capitol at noon Friday and Saturday. A Facebook event page for the Saturday protest shows several thousand people have indicated interest.
Citing “other circumstances,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock also canceled an event planned with Denver Public Schools officials on Friday afternoon to honor the graduates of the Class of 2020.
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