Fires were ignited, property was destroyed, and businesses were damaged when riots broke out in Denver on Saturday night. Police officers were targeted with fireworks, a cop was reportedly injured after a bicycle was thrown at him, and a family-owned business was trashed by vandals.
A Reddit post shows that a "Give Em Hell" protest was scheduled for Saturday night, which demanded that the Denver Police Department be abolished, according to KDVR-TV. The post instructed demonstrators to "bring your gear."
Another group planned demonstrations aimed at defunding the police, ending homeless sweeps, stopping racism, and demanding justice for Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old black man who died in police custody in Colorado. The group said it was "there for vandalism and were done with peaceful protesting," according to The Denver Post.
A van dispensed shields to protesters. Rioters attempted to rip down a fence protecting the state Capitol building on Saturday night.
Protestors are pulling shields outside a van. @DenverChannel https://t.co/xMGWvNi3Eu— adigtv (@adigtv)1598150292.0
Agitators are now trying to rip down a fence surrounding the state Capitol building @KDVR https://t.co/XbHlOkes0q— Evan Kruegel (@Evan Kruegel)1598154494.0
KMGH-TV reporter Adi Guajardo and KUSA-TV reporter Marc Sallinger were covering the protests that escalated into destruction throughout the night. Vandals who were "mostly dressed in black" set fires to trees and the Denver Police Department station, burned American flags, broke windows of local businesses, and shot fireworks at police officers. A Denver police officer was injured after a man threw a bicycle at the cop while riding on a motorcycle. The perpetrator was arrested. Denver Police say nine people were arrested on Saturday.
A tree is on fire outside the courthouse. People are throwing rocks at a Sheriff’s Office van. Important to note, n… https://t.co/kjLPBvpzFI— Marc Sallinger (@Marc Sallinger)1598153945.0
Protestors have started two fires outside DPD. https://t.co/uAiqtDao2i— adigtv (@adigtv)1598152529.0
A small fire is inside the gated area of DPD headquarters. https://t.co/0IAiQ697EF— adigtv (@adigtv)1598152082.0
Police in Denver, Colorado are being attacked by rioters armed with industrial-grade fireworks. They almost take ou… https://t.co/54hPrAyl6E— Ian Miles Cheong (@Ian Miles Cheong)1598152616.0
Protesters are firing fireworks at police officers. The fireworks are exploding behind the police barrier and aroun… https://t.co/A3ekHk7fOE— Marc Sallinger (@Marc Sallinger)1598152611.0
Wow. Someone just picked up and threw a bicycle at a Denver police officer riding by on a motorcycle. I don’t think… https://t.co/R4kkPGWX9S— Marc Sallinger (@Marc Sallinger)1598156538.0
A downtown Denver Quiznos sandwich shop, which has been family-owned for 12 years, was damaged from the rioting.
All the members of the family were cleaning up, and the owner said he had "never seen anything like this." The owner told Sallinger, "I don't even know where to start."
The ravaged Quiznos fast food restaurant was boarded up on Sunday morning.
Police put out another fire set in the middle of the road. The backdrop is the Denver city county building. The gro… https://t.co/ABkjjNehcZ— Marc Sallinger (@Marc Sallinger)1598154511.0
The crowd has dispersed. Lots of property damage. I’ll be back on #9News mornings tomorrow in the AM. Thanks for fo… https://t.co/uMAoSSgDfY— Marc Sallinger (@Marc Sallinger)1598159988.0
This is what some of the damage looks like this morning on the streets around Denver Police headquarters. Lots of b… https://t.co/Z6Lc7DWSOO— Marc Sallinger (@Marc Sallinger)1598186879.0
Also on Saturday, left-wing and right-wing protesters clashed in Portland. The groups, which included Proud Boys and Antifa, fought each other with batons, shields, pepper spray, and paintball guns. Portland Police declared an "unlawful assembly" and Department of Homeland Security officials were called in.