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    Today's Top Headlines Mon., Aug. 25, 3:40 pm (ET)
    Denver Police Take to the Streets in Droves
    Hundreds of armed officers saturate Denver's streets


    How dare them scary cops arm themselves

  • #2
    Call it Cop and Awe.

    Hundreds of heavily armed officers, some clad in riot gear or hanging off SUVs, are saturating Denver's streets in unprecedented numbers, quickly isolating any hint of trouble that could tarnish the city's reputation under the limelight of the Democratic National Convention.

    The officers - on foot, horseback, bicycles and motorcycles - are armed with black batons and pepperball guns that resemble assault rifles. And they were quick to move Sunday when hundreds of rowdy protesters took to the streets of downtown, blocking some of the busiest streets.

    "Right now, we're in the middle of a cop sandwich," said Sara Dutschke of Berkeley, Calif.

    Denver police enlisted the help of 1,500 police officers from 52 law enforcement agencies, doubling the city's police force.

    The number of reinforcements does not include the U.S. Secret Service, FBI or other federal and military agencies. Authorities are keeping those numbers secret.

    Some observers said the burly police presence is unnecessary.

    "It's overkill," said Sean Caddle, 30, of Denver, who watched the morning parade and snapped pictures.

    "This isn't Chicago, and Hickenlooper isn't Daley," he said, referring to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

    "There isn't going to be an incident," he added.

    Police hope there won't be one either, but they've been preparing for a worst-case scenario.

    The city, working under the guidance of the Secret Service, spent more than a year developing a security plan and training police.

    "The main priority is compliance," said Denver police Chief Gerry Whitman.

    "We want to give (the public) an opportunity to comply," he said.

    Longtime Aurora police officer Craig Apple, dressed head to toe in black and armed with a pepperball gun, said people have been "inquisitive" about their armor.

    "They shouldn't be intimidated unless they're doing something wrong," he said while marching through Civic Center with about 10 other gun-toting officers.

    The heavy police presence is a "show of power," said Jane Guetz, 64, a tourist from San Diego.

    "We went to the (Denver) Mint and saw two officers every few feet. That seems like a lot," she said.

    Some, however, said the throngs of officers are warranted.

    "I don't think it's too many considering what's going on here this week," said Guetz's sister-in-law, Laverne Guetz, 53.

    "It adds a lot of excitement," said Guetz, whose twin 11-year- old boys were at her side. "It made me aware of the risk."

    Lynn Zeno, of Houston, who is running a concession booth on Curtis Street for the week, said the large number of officers is "great."

    "I feel safe," Zeno said. "I love that they're in large groups."

    But Caddle, who called the heavy law enforcement presence overkill, said police run the risk of provoking an incident by putting so many cops on the street.

    "It just takes one drunk guy," he said.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by LT Dangle View Post
      Call it Cop and Awe.

      Hundreds of heavily armed officers, some clad in riot gear or hanging off SUVs, are saturating Denver's streets in unprecedented numbers, quickly isolating any hint of trouble that could tarnish the city's reputation under the limelight of the Democratic National Convention.

      The officers - on foot, horseback, bicycles and motorcycles - are armed with black batons and pepperball guns that resemble assault rifles. And they were quick to move Sunday when hundreds of rowdy protesters took to the streets of downtown, blocking some of the busiest streets.

      "Right now, we're in the middle of a cop sandwich," said Sara Dutschke of Berkeley, Calif.

      Denver police enlisted the help of 1,500 police officers from 52 law enforcement agencies, doubling the city's police force.

      The number of reinforcements does not include the U.S. Secret Service, FBI or other federal and military agencies. Authorities are keeping those numbers secret.

      Some observers said the burly police presence is unnecessary.

      "It's overkill," said Sean Caddle, 30, of Denver, who watched the morning parade and snapped pictures.

      "This isn't Chicago, and Hickenlooper isn't Daley," he said, referring to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

      "There isn't going to be an incident," he added.

      Police hope there won't be one either, but they've been preparing for a worst-case scenario.

      The city, working under the guidance of the Secret Service, spent more than a year developing a security plan and training police.

      "The main priority is compliance," said Denver police Chief Gerry Whitman.

      "We want to give (the public) an opportunity to comply," he said.

      Longtime Aurora police officer Craig Apple, dressed head to toe in black and armed with a pepperball gun, said people have been "inquisitive" about their armor.

      "They shouldn't be intimidated unless they're doing something wrong," he said while marching through Civic Center with about 10 other gun-toting officers.

      The heavy police presence is a "show of power," said Jane Guetz, 64, a tourist from San Diego.

      "We went to the (Denver) Mint and saw two officers every few feet. That seems like a lot," she said.

      Some, however, said the throngs of officers are warranted.

      "I don't think it's too many considering what's going on here this week," said Guetz's sister-in-law, Laverne Guetz, 53.

      "It adds a lot of excitement," said Guetz, whose twin 11-year- old boys were at her side. "It made me aware of the risk."

      Lynn Zeno, of Houston, who is running a concession booth on Curtis Street for the week, said the large number of officers is "great."

      "I feel safe," Zeno said. "I love that they're in large groups."

      But Caddle, who called the heavy law enforcement presence overkill, said police run the risk of provoking an incident by putting so many cops on the street.

      "It just takes one drunk guy," he said.


      THe Denver Mint has its own police force of about 40 cops for one city block, of course they are every two feet!

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      • #4
        You know you could have just posted the link for the story....

        Anyways, I think Denver is just being smart. As that one guy said, it just takes one drunk guy. Well, there are enough police around to quickly arrest that one drunk guy so he does not cause an incident. If you are not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by KY Blue 72 View Post
          You know you could have just posted the link for the story....

          Anyways, I think Denver is just being smart. As that one guy said, it just takes one drunk guy. Well, there are enough police around to quickly arrest that one drunk guy so he does not cause an incident. If you are not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.
          Links go dead.

          I think that they should have had another 1000 there just because. If things went to ****, it would have been all about how cops were nowhere to be found.

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          • #6
            No such thing as overkill with an event like this. If nothing happens great. If they had to little and people were hurt or killed The media would be screaming that they didn't recieve the protection they deserved. I'm glad denevr is taking care of business. Hopefully the rest of the convention goes easy.
            The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

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            • #7
              http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?se...ics&id=6348164

              Hmm a big out turn of law enforcement, just a DAY after THIS happened? Whudathunkit?


              It is not known if the weapons were loaded
              AP

              DENVER -- In Denver, a man who tried to carry two hunting rifles and two pistols into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's downtown hotel remains in police custody.

              A Secret Service spokesman says Pelosi and other guests briefly left the hotel during Saturday's incident but were never in danger.

              The man is identified as 29-year-old Joseph Calanchini of Pinedale, Wyoming. He faces a charge of unlawful carrying of a weapon. Police officers at the Grand Hyatt hotel noticed him carrying a rifle-type case at the entrance and detained him. It's not known if the weapons were loaded.

              A Pelosi spokesman says "the speaker was never in any danger and she appreciates the quick and professional response of the police."
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              Pelosi is in Denver for the Democratic National Convention.
              "Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group
              for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar." --Drew Carey

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Tinga View Post
                http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?se...ics&id=6348164

                Hmm a big out turn of law enforcement, just a DAY after THIS happened? Whudathunkit?


                It is not known if the weapons were loaded
                AP

                DENVER -- In Denver, a man who tried to carry two hunting rifles and two pistols into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's downtown hotel remains in police custody.

                A Secret Service spokesman says Pelosi and other guests briefly left the hotel during Saturday's incident but were never in danger.

                The man is identified as 29-year-old Joseph Calanchini of Pinedale, Wyoming. He faces a charge of unlawful carrying of a weapon. Police officers at the Grand Hyatt hotel noticed him carrying a rifle-type case at the entrance and detained him. It's not known if the weapons were loaded.

                A Pelosi spokesman says "the speaker was never in any danger and she appreciates the quick and professional response of the police."
                Story continues below
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                Pelosi is in Denver for the Democratic National Convention.

                I didn't know that she owned a hotel.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by LT Dangle View Post
                  I didn't know that she owned a hotel.
                  Hmmm, Apparently when you're a democrat, everything's shared. :P
                  "Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group
                  for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar." --Drew Carey

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                  • #10
                    So I guess if your traveling, you can't carry your cased guns from your car into your hotel room now. See what happens whenever Democrats are around.
                    The liberal politician has the only job where they go to the office to work for everyone but those who pay their salary.

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                    • #11
                      "Right now, we're in the middle of a cop sandwich," said Sara Dutschke of Berkeley, Calif.

                      I guess this means that if she and her friends decide to do something unlawful (like blocking an entrance to a public building), the police intend to do something about it? What a shame that would be.
                      "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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                      • #12
                        SO much for "There isn't going to be an incident,"







                        DENVER - Police in riot gear clashed with activists about a mile from the site of the Democratic National Convention on Monday night.

                        The confrontation erupted in front of the Denver City and County Building as police tried to disperse a crowd of about 300 that was disrupting traffic, authorities said.

                        It was believed to be the first time police used pepper spray against protesters since demonstrations began on Sunday, a day before the convention.

                        Denver Police Lt. Ron Saunier called it "a mass arrest situation," saying at least 50 people were taken into custody.

                        Saunier said they would be charged with disobeying a lawful order and interference with police.

                        Protesters refused to leave the streets and some were carrying rocks, Saunier said.

                        When police surrounded several dozen people pinned against the wall of a building, a crowd of several hundred protesters surged up to the police line from behind chanting, "They say get back, we say fight back."

                        The protesters near the building were held there by riot police for an hour, while individuals were taken from the group and arrested. Most of the remaining activists were allowed to leave around 8:20 p.m.

                        "There were three or four hundred people on the sidewalk, perfectly within their rights to be on the sidewalk. We were illegally detained and we may bring suit against the city," said Mark Cohen of Recreate '68.

                        Cohen said those within the riot police line were calling family and friends on their cell phones, warning them they feared police were about to unleash tear gas."

                        "I don't know why else they would put on gas masks," Cohen said. "We had minors in there; we had older people in there. They were scared and I don't blame them. And there was no reason for this, no reason in the world."

                        "We've been peaceful the last two days," said activist Larry Hales. "[The police] are the ones who have escalated the situation. "

                        Saunier said those arrested would be processed at the city's temporary processing facility, which was built in anticpation of mass arrests during the DNC. Protest groups upset with the jail's wire cages, dubbed the facility "Gitmo on the Platte."

                        Earlier Monday, protesters wearing jail-style orange jumpsuits and black hoods over their heads marched along a downtown pedestrian mall chanting "Stop the torture, stop the war."

                        The protesters, estimated at several hundred, were at a rally at Civic Center Park near the state Capitol when they began pouring down the mall at midday, hours before the convention started.

                        Some were dressed like inmates at the infamous Abu Graib prison in Iraq.

                        The sidewalks along the mall were crowded and protesters got off the sidewalk and marched in the street, where free shuttle buses run, for a few blocks. Police asked them to get back on the sidewalk and they complied.

                        Later in the afternoon, about a half dozen men holding signs opposing homosexuality attracted a steady stream of people wanting to argue with them. The demonstrators were surrounded by police and the clump of people arguing with the men and taking photos temporarily prevented mall buses from passing.

                        Denver Police said one man was arrested there after he allegedly tried to prevent officers from contacting another counter-protester. Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said the counter-protester, who got away, had a bottle with a liquid inside that raised their suspicions. Officers at the scene had a clear bottle with a colored liquid inside a plastic bag.

                        At least eight other people were arrested across the city on Monday, including five detained about a mile southeast of the state Capitol. Four faced charges of disobeying a lawful order, two faced a trespassing charge, and two faced false information charges.

                        Until Monday night's protest, the special jail set up by Denver Police during the DNC had stood mostly empty. For more on that story, click on the video link to the right.

                        (The Associated Press contributed to this report. Copyright KUSA*TV. All Rights Reserved.)

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                        • #13
                          i HATE Hippies. Stupid stupid anti-law anarchy loving hippies.
                          Originally Posted by VegasMetro
                          maybe it’s me but I think a six pack and midget porn makes for good times?????

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                          • #14
                            I cant wait for the Rep convention. I'm going to be sure to start a thread about every incident of any type that happens there

                            The funny thing about the story IS, "Hundreds of armed officers..." WTF??? Of course they're armed.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Jellybean400 View Post
                              I cant wait for the Rep convention. I'm going to be sure to start a thread about every incident of any type that happens there

                              The funny thing about the story IS, "Hundreds of armed officers..." WTF??? Of course they're armed.




                              YEAH.... THAT IS FUNNY!

                              That is what the OP was about.

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