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Colorado governor, Denver mayor: Trump’s military threat is counterproductive

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, right, and Colorado Governor Jared Polis listen during an announcement that the City and County of Denver will launch a drive-up, COVID-19 test site in the parking lot of a downtown sports venue in an effort to stop the rise of the new coronavirus Thursday, May 21, 2020, in Denver. The free testing will be available daily for people who show symptoms of the coronavirus. City officials expect to administer more than 500 tests per day at the site, which opens Friday near the Pepsi Center. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Colorado’s governor and Denver’s mayor say President Donald Trump’s threat to send the military into places where some protesters have resorted to violence and vandalism could cause more unrest.

In a joint statement late Monday, Gov. Jared Polis and Mayor Michael Hancock said that police from Denver and surrounding communities and the Colorado National Guard have been working to support peaceful demonstrations in the state’s capitol and there was no reason for the deployment of troops there.

“Denver is not Little Rock in 1957, and Donald Trump is not President Eisenhower. This is a time for healing, for bringing people together, and the best way to protect civil rights is to move away from escalating violence,” the Democrats said.

Denver’s protests over the death of George Floyd over the last five days have been largely peaceful but some protesters sprayed graffiti on the Capitol and other buildings, broke windows and started fires in dumpsters. A man is suspected of intentionally driving his car at police officers Saturday.

Police have used tear gas to disperse people, most recently around midnight Monday against some who stayed near the Capitol despite a 9 p.m. curfew. Police chief Paul Pazen marched with protesters earlier in the night.


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