Peaceful demonstrations vs lawless riots
June 1, 2020 — Demonstrators in Denver Saturday remembered George Floyd by lying face down with their hands behind their backs for 9 minutes while repeating “I can’t breathe.” They were re-enacting the time Floyd lay in the street with Derek Chauvin’s knee on his neck.
Unfortunately, as in other cities, interlopers, provocateurs, looters, and troublemakers come out and usurp peaceful demonstrations. Sunday, for example, six who were arrested came carrying these:
In Denver, as elsewhere, we must find a way to make the distinction — if and when there is one — between peaceful demonstrators and lawless malcontents. We can agree with and support peaceful, law-abiding citizens. We cannot and will not condone violence and destruction — or in the case of now former Minneapolis police officer Chauvin — murder.