By the time you read this, the 11th straight day of protests in Denver will be underway. Thousands have marched, driven in car rallies, filled town hall meetings and attended memorials in memory of George Floyd, a black man who died May 25 as a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Videos of the brutal death — where Floyd is heard pleading for his life and calling for his dead mother — led to protests, many violent, across the country.
This period in our history is unprecedented — massive, nationwide protests, a global health pandemic, record unemployment and a particularly divisive presidential election are coming together at once.
Denver Post reporters Shelly Bradbury and Alex Burness spent hours on the streets listening to people talk and wrote a story capturing the voices of those demanding change and providing context to them.
Meanwhile, reporter Elise Schmelzer examined the future relationship between the Denver Police Department and its citizenry after the first four days of protests turned violent. How do the two sides heal after cops blasted protesters with tear gas and projectiles and protesters hurled insults and rocks at the cops?
Finally, while I have your attention, I want to take time to tell you how brave our journalists have been during this time. Everyone who has covered a protest has been gassed or struck with pepper balls and foam bullets, not to mention walking miles across the city to follow the marches. They have risked personal injury and exposure to COVID-19 to keep Colorado informed. If you see Shelly, Alex, Elise, Saja Hindi, Elizabeth Hernandez, Joe Rubino, Tiney Ricciardi, Beth Rankin, Kyle Newman, Hyoung Chang, RJ Sangosti, Andy Cross and AAron Ontiveroz, please thank them. I’m proud of them and amazed by their courage and dedication.
— Noelle Phillips, Breaking News Editor
“Enough is enough”: Why George Floyd’s killing resonated so deeply in Colorado
There’s a reason those deaths resonated so deeply with antiracists in Colorado: this brutality, citizens of color attest, has been happening for decades. Read more…
Ongoing coverage of George Floyd protests in Denver
The Denver Post will continue to report on this fluid and ongoing story. For the latest, please visit denverpost.com.
Here are some of our key stories from the past few days:
- Keeler: Denver showed its true colors the morning after George Floyd protests
- Denver black artists contemplate their role during nationwide George Floyd protests
- Denver police officer fired for social media post captioned “Let’s start a riot”
- Reggie Rivers: I’m black and despite all I’ve accomplished, society views me as a threat
- Denver police open investigation after viral video shows cops firing pepper balls at car as man screams his pregnant girlfriend is inside
Colorado expected to see more job losses in months ahead despite gradual reopening
When the April unemployment report came out last month, it seemed Colorado might have dodged the worst of pandemic dislocations, with an unemployment rate among the 10 lowest in the country. But, as business reporter Aldo Svaldi writes, one prediction shows that by early next year, Colorado will have some of the largest employment losses of any state.
Bicycling in the pandemic: Ridership, bike shops thrive as manufacturers struggle to meet demand
Colorado is seeing a significant uptick in ridership since the coronavirus pandemic hit. But as reporter Kyle Fredrickson writes, it’s left Denver big-box retailers and bike shops struggling to meet consumer demand as stir-crazy Coloradans search for new and safe avenues for exercise, travel or the outdoors.
Protesters gather to remember Elijah McClain, killed in encounter with Aurora police
Demonstrators gathered Saturday in Aurora to decry the death and honor the life of Elijah McClain, 23, who was declared brain dead in August, days after Aurora Police tackled him, performed a choke hold and injected him with Ketamine while McClain was walking along Billings Street.
What’s next for Denver police? Calls for reform of city’s police mount as protests continue
For four days, Denver police gassed or fired pepper balls and foam munitions at hundreds of protesters, and while some pelted officers with rocks and told them to die, many others struck by the weapons were peaceful in their calls for an end to police violence.
Broncos players, coaches show support for community during downtown march
After a march through downtown, nearly 50 Broncos players and 20 coaches stopped outside the Denver Performing Arts Center, joined by hundreds. The plaza was packed to protest racial inequality and police brutality, nearly two weeks after George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody, his head pinned to the asphalt for 8 minutes, 46 seconds.
+ Metro Denver housing market revives after restrictions ease in May
+ Coloradans must continue social distancing to avoid COVID-19 resurgence this summer, projections say
+ Yoga studios, boutique fitness not sure if they’ll be able to make it through coronavirus closures
+ CHSAA task force categorizes high school football as “higher risk” in return to play, putting fall kickoff in question
+ U.S. government chose plastic for stimulus payments, when many were expecting paper checks
+ Colorado churches, gyms, pools can reopen at reduced capacities — and businesses can now refuse service to the unmasked
+ Colorado reports no new coronavirus deaths in past 24 hours
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