[WATCH] Shots Fired, I-25 Blocked, Driver Rams Denver Protester
Protests erupted in Denver on Thursday over the death of George Floyd, who died while in the custody of the Minneapolis police.
Protesters poured into the streets of Denver Thursday (May 28) and eventually shut down the I-25 freeway as they made their way across the city. The protest started around 5 p.m. at the state capitol. Denver 7 is reporting that at 6:25 p.m., shots were fired near Colfax Avenue and 15th Street, right outside the Capitol. No injuries were reported and officers are unsure if it had anything to do with the protest.
Less than an hour later, a video was posted to social media showing a SUV honking and trying to drive through the protesters. At one point, one of the protesters jumped onto the hood and hung on to the vehicle. The SUV sped up and the man jumped off, but the driver swerved back around and struck him as he moved away.
Warning: The following video is graphic.
Later, the protest broke into two groups. One group moved to 20th and Blake and the other eventually made their way onto the I-25 highway, according James Dougherty of Denver 7 on Twitter. Traffic was blocked in both directions by hundreds of people. Police worked to get them off the road and the highway reopened at 8:15.
UPDATE at 10:09 p.m. Governor Polis has released a statement on Twitter:
Source: Denver 7, Twitter and The New Yorker