June 2, 2020 — When Denver’s 10 pm news ended Monday night, the demonstrations downtown were still peaceful. They’d been that way all day.
During the afternoon Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen had linked arms with demonstrators and marched with them from Civic Center Park to Denver Performing Arts Complex. Other groups gathered at the state capitol. Thousands stayed downtown after sunset — but this time there was no violence, no vandalism. The 9 pm curfew time came and went and although there were still large crowds in the streets an hour later, they remained peaceful.
There were a few fireworks, a few minor scuffles between individuals, and one car doing donuts. That’s all.
The only difference from previous nights that were filled with violence and vandalism? There were no police to be seen. No show of force, no riot gear, no police vehicles, no sirens or flashing lights. No police.