Denver protests live: Updates from June 7 demonstrations following death of George Floyd

Communities across the state are seeing demonstrations following the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Floyd was a black man killed when a white police officer knelt on the back of Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes as Floyd screamed “I can’t breathe!” Floyd was later pronounced dead and the officers involved have since been fired and arrested.

Denver is expected to see its 11th straight day of protests at Colorado’s Capitol Sunday. During the first four days in Denver, the demonstrations turned violent with vandalism, looting and some people hurling rocks, bottles and insults at police. In return, Denver police officers fired tear gas, pepper balls and foam bullets at the protesters, many of whom were peaceful from the start.

The police’s response is now under investigation. In the days since the initial violent protests, demonstrations have remained peaceful with crowds focused on different topics from police in schools to bringing attention to controversial police killing in Colorado and details of the new police brutality bill in the statehouse.

Check back here for the latest updates on today’s protests.

More coverage on police and protests

  • Say their names: A look at controversial police killings in Colorado
  • Q&A: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on George Floyd, racial bias and the police budget
  • Joining crowds of Denver protesters brings risk of COVID-19 exposure. Here’s how to protect yourself — and when to get tested.
  • Denver public safety director, police chief back investigation into police force during George Floyd protests
  • Colorado police accountability bill passes first hurdle
  • RTD resumes bus, rail service to downtown Denver
  • Denver City Council members call for investigation into police use of force during George Floyd protests
  • Murder charge increased against ex-Minneapolis officer, 3 others charged with aiding and abetting in George Floyd’s death
  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Jay Marshall joins hundreds of people as they march together calling for racial justice in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Keith Gunter joined hundreds of people in demonstrating for racial justice in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

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    Tiffanie Ball fist-bumps another demonstrator at a rally in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020. Large crowds continue to gather in the evenings in downtown Denver and across the nation, calling for better police accountability and protesting the deaths of black people at the hands of law enforcement.

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    As dusk falls hundreds of people continue to march together calling for racial justice in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Jay Marshall joins hundreds of people as they mach together calling for racial justice in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020. Large crowds continue to gather in the evenings in downtown Denver and across the nation, calling for better police accountability and protesting the deaths of black people at the hands of law enforcement.

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Hundreds of people march together calling for racial justice in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Hundreds of people march together calling for racial justice in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Vanessa Burciaga wore a homemade dress as she joined hundreds of people in demonstrating for racial justice in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    DENVER, CO – June 5 : Hundreds of people demonstrate for racial justice in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020. Large crowds continue to gather in the evenings in downtown Denver and across the nation, calling for better police accountability and protesting the deaths of black people at the hands of law enforcement. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Selah Ruckard joins hundreds of people as they demonstrate for racial justice in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

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    Olivia Gardner joins hundreds of people as they demonstrate for racial justice in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

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    A poster of George Floyd, whose recent killing by law enforcement in Minneapolis has galvanized people around the nation, is hung near the Capitol in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Bianca Mikahn, left, and Assétou Xango attend a rally held in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

  • Left: From left to right minister and dean of students at DSST Green Valley Ranch Quincy Shannon, public safety director Murphy Robinson, mayor Michael B. Handcock and Rev. Eugene Downing of New Hope Baptist kneel as they honor an extended moment of Silence for George Floyd during a peaceful rally focused on unity, love, community, respect and understanding on Thursday afternoon, June 4, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post) Right: Amias Anderson, 6, waits with his mother Dymond Starr, before Anderson gave a speech to the crowd during a gathering at Civic Center Park in Denver on Thursday evening, June 4, 2020. (Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post)

  • Left: Quincy Shannon, minister of New Hope Baptist and Dean of students at DSST Green Valley Ranch, speaks to a crowd of thousands on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
    Center: Denver Public Safety Director Murphy Robinson speaks about his role as both a black man and a public official who oversaw the city's response to protests in the streets of Denver on Wednesday, June 3, 2020.
    Right: Kenny White, who spoke up from the crowd about needing real change and reform after hearing Murphy Robinson (right), speak his mind on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Photos by AAron Ontiveroz, The Denver Post)

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Ayana Chopra, 7, chalks next to a mural of Breonna Taylor, who was recently killed by law enforcement in Kentucky, during a rally with in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Two people stand with clasped hands as they join hundreds of protesters during a rally in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Murals of George Floyd, left, and Breonna Taylor, both of whom were recently killed by law enforcement in Minneapolis and Kentucky respectively, are visited by people gathering in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Hundreds of people rally in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Hundreds of people rally in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Hundreds of people rally in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020.

  • Hyoung Chang, The Denver Post

    Hundreds of people rally in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in Denver on Friday, June 5, 2020. Large crowds continue to gather in the evenings in downtown Denver and across the nation, calling for better police accountability and protesting the deaths of black people at the hands of law enforcement.

Previous coverage

  • June 6 — Protesters gather to remember Elijah McClain, killed in encounter with Aurora police
  • June 5 — Denver protests over George Floyd’s death, systemic racism extend into ninth night
  • June 4 — Demonstrators take to Denver’s streets on foot and in cars for eighth day of George Floyd protests
  • June 3 — Denver mayor to George Floyd protesters: After talking, “it’s time to get to work” | Denver police chief promises change and accountability in town hall, but offers few specifics | Denver mayor walks backs “murder” comments, though others hold him to it
  • June 2 — Sixth day of protest over George Floyd death draws thousands to Denver for peaceful gathering
  • June 1 — Fifth night of George Floyd protests remained peaceful for several hours, tear gas deployed just after midnight to disperse remaining crowd
  • May 31 — For fourth night, Denver police unleash tear gas and foam bullets as marchers again defy curfew
  • May 30 — Tear gas flies, protesters set fires on third night of unrest in Denver | As Denver curfew arrives, George Floyd protesters cheer
  • May 29 — Denver police deploy flash-bangs and tear gas as second day of George Floyd protests stretches into night
  • May 28 —  Tear gas, pepper balls used on Denver crowds in George Floyd protests Thursday night

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