Dueling Rallies Clash In Denver’s Civic Center Park On Sunday

July 19, 2020
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The Colorado State Capitol in Denver.

Two rallies clashed in Denver’s Civic Center Park on Sunday. 

A Law Enforcement Appreciation rally, billed as a family-friendly event, was hosted by the Becker Band, a country music group from Denver. It got underway at 3 p.m. Sunday at the park’s Greek Amphitheater. 

And across the street, in response to the rally, Denver Homeless Out Loud, Aurora Copwatch and Party for Socialism and Liberation Denver held a gathering at the state Capitol. That rally was called “No parties for the pigs! Shut down Pro-Police Rally.”

Initially, the rallies stayed separate, but the anti-police group eventually made its way over to the park and began chanting over the pro-police group. 

Police officers wearing riot gear were on scene, attempting to keep the rally-goers from fighting each other.