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Protesters push for accountability in federal trial against Denver police

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George Floyd Denver Protest June 3 Night
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After speeches at Civic Center Park, the protesters against police brutality moved to Lincoln Street in front of the state Capitol on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. At about 10 p.m. — an hour past curfew — they held phones aloft as lights and stayed silent for nine minutes in honor of George Floyd, the African American man who was killed by Minneapolis police. Denver police blocked ff the roads around the Capitol to give the demonstrators room but otherwise held their distance at least until 11 p.m.

It’s been almost two years since protesters flooded the streets of downtown Denver and cities around the country in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. The demonstrations lasted weeks and drew a major police response. This week, a federal civil rights trial began in Denver. A group of protestors alleges police engaged in overwhelming and unconstitutional use of force to stop their peaceful demonstrations. It’s one of the first such cases in the country to make it to trial. CPR’s Matt Bloom is following the proceedings and has an exclusive interview with one of the plaintiffs.