May 31, 2020
DENVER – Mayor Michael B. Hancock, Police Chief Paul Pazen and District Attorney Beth McCann today updated the public after a fourth day of peaceful demonstrations and several nights of destruction and violence.
“We’re determined to continue to support peaceful demonstrations so people’s calls for change and justice can be heard,” Mayor Hancock said, “But if anyone attempts to hijack these protests to incite violence and vandalism, we will do everything we can to stop it.”
Acts of vandalism continued for a third straight evening in the downtown area, around the State Capitol and in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Denver Police Department (DPD) made 83 arrests for curfew violation and other illegal activities after 8 p.m. One arrest was made before the 8 p.m. curfew went into effect. Denver received support from many neighboring law enforcement agencies, in addition to support from the Colorado National Guard. This support will continue today and into this evening, until it is deemed no longer necessary.
“We thank those who let their voices be heard in a constructive manner and look forward to continued conversations where we can address the issues,” said Chief Pazen. “We see you, we hear you and we are asking for your help. Let’s work together.”
Three DPD officers and one civilian were severely injured in a hit-and-run crash when the driver of a stolen vehicle ran into them. All officers involved are expected to fully recover, while the status of the civilian is currently unknown. DPD arrested the driver today, but asks that anyone with information on the crash to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.
Volunteer efforts are also underway to support the city in the cleanup and restoration of public property. At 8 a.m. Monday, employees from the city’s Division of Solid Waste Management will be stationed at Civic Center Park under a purple “Denver Recycles” canopy to provide trash bags, trash pickers and other cleaning supplies for those who wish to help clean the park. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own filled water bottles, use sunscreen, wear a hat and face covering, and bring gloves if they have them. Closed-toe shoes are also encouraged, and social distancing should be observed. Denver Parks & Recreation will also provide volunteers to assist with the effort.
Denver’s citywide curfew will be in effect again tonight starting at 8 p.m. and lasting until 5 a.m. Monday morning.
Due to the absence of appropriate physical distancing, those who have taken part in demonstrations over the past several days are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19. To see where you can receive a test, visit denvergov.org/covid19.