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Denver Police Ordered to Withdraw Before Pro-Police Rally Attacked, Union Chief Says

policeDenver police officers were told to withdraw before demonstrators attacked a pro-police rally on July 19, the head of the city’s police union said.

“I found out that a retreat order was given by the incident commander,” said officer Nick Rogers, president of the Denver Police Protective Association.

“And we had one lieutenant step up and said, ‘We’re not leaving.’ And this lieutenant said, ‘These people are going to get killed if we don’t stay.’ So he kept his group there. And that’s the only reason that this didn’t get worse, because somebody broke rank and decided to not retreat. And they stayed so that they could provide some assistance.”

Rogers was speaking on KNUS radio.

The Denver Police Department told The Epoch Times that officials are reviewing what happened at the rally. For now, the department is declining to comment on the specifics of what transpired.

Michelle Malkin, a conservative activist, and Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, a Republican, were among those scheduled to speak at the rally, which was held at Civic Center Park in Denver.

Video footage showed a group of Black Lives Matter demonstrators and people dressed in gear similar to that worn by the far-left Antifa group approaching the stage shortly after the rally started. Some were wielding weapons such as a collapsible baton and a metal rod.

They then began assaulting people at the rally, according to video footage from the scene and accounts from those involved.

“Nothing was done as women who were wearing Trump gear and holding their flags were throttled and strangled by other brutish women, women all dressed in black and paramilitary gear,” Malkin said.

Rogers, who wasn’t at the event, said he came forward because after he learned what happened, he was embarrassed and saddened.

“Michelle, anybody that’s listening who was there, that’s not the rank and file, that’s not the cops. That decision was made by someone else, it’s wrong, and I’m sorry,” he said.

Neville said on Fox News’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that the pro-police group was “essentially surrounded by Antifa” and outnumbered 4 to 1.

“We were completely surrounded and then, before I know it … one of my friends was beaten down by four or five Antifa members.”

“And then eventually we had to evacuate,” he added. “All this occurred right on the stage of the facility where we were supposed to be having our rally. It wasn’t like it was a minor scuffle on the outskirts of the rally. It was right there on the stage,” Neville said.

It wasn’t clear whether Denver Mayor Michael Hancock or Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, both Democrats, were involved in the stand-down order, according to Neville.

The offices of Hancock and Polis didn’t immediately respond to requests by The Epoch Times for comment; neither have addressed what happened. Hancock this week joined other mayors in urging President Donald Trump not to send federal law enforcement personnel to their cities.

Attorney Randy Corporon, who helped organize the rally, said Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen requested beforehand that the event be rescheduled or moved to a different location, citing a planned Black Lives Matter counterprotest.

“He was agitated that we’re going to get his officers hurt,” Corporon told the Denver Post. “My response to him was that he should allow his officers to do their job and if people are down there breaking the law, to stop them. Because they’ll have nothing to fear from us.”

Corporon said Pazen should resign because his officers stood by as the violence occurred.

Lillian House, part of Denver’s Party for Socialism and Liberation, which helped organize the counter-demonstration, told the Post that most of the demonstrators on her side weren’t violent.

“The majority of the crowd was simply making noise and making verbal resistance to their pro-police celebration,” she said. “To act like the physical confrontations that happened were initiated primarily by us is just absurd.”

Malkin said that people should be politically and civically engaged, but added, “If you’re going to do it, you can’t rely on the police.”

Reprinted with Permission from - Epoch Times by - Zachary Stieber

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D. Brown
4 months ago

When are these antifa/blm punks going to get back what they deserve? They think violence is their only choice? I believe in “eye for an eye”, and some good Beatdowns will send them back crying to their mommie’s basement. You can’t “negotiate” will these thugs, so speak their language!

4 months ago

The same thing is being repeated in Democrat controlled cities all across our country. Hopefully the police officers that chose to disregard the retreat order and instead elected to protect the lives of peaceful protestors will NOT be punished for doing the right thing. Yes, while they were technically insubordinate, by refusing a direct order from a superior, the circumstances involved justified their actions in the pursuit of saving lives.   The focus needs to be maintained on the Democrat elected officials running these cities, who refuse to uphold their oath of office to maintain public safety. They ALL need… Read more »

Vicki Hogan
4 months ago

It’s about time that true police officers stand up and do their job correctly. And, please God get rid of the idiot that gave the order to leave!

4 months ago

I thank God I don’t live in a disgusting city like Denver with their demorat mayor. He is a moron. Colorado is full of former California losers who are running our state as that disgusting state. They need to go back to californica.

4 months ago

So I am trying to understand why POLICE would NOT PROTECT people that are there to support them???

David Spade
4 months ago

It is as though the Democrat mayors and governors are just going to ignore this violence until gun shots ring out. What is going to happen then? They will point the finger of blame at someone else, and that will likely be the president. These malcontents, rioters, protesters, Marxist Antifa folks are lining up with the Democrats anyway that you look at it. The responsibility rests squarely on these state and local elected officials, and not the law-abiding federal officials. To not protect the pro-police group was criminal.

4 months ago

Defending yourself with lethal force seems justified.

4 months ago

What’s absurd is that OUR right to peacefully assemble, OUR right to protest, OUR voice is being silenced by these terrorists; sanctioned by our ELECTED officials. Denver, so very sadly, has the government it deserves because this is what Denver elected in 2018. It’s disgusting. And if you think it won’t happen in your town, in your state, please think again. For 40 some years Denver was infiltrated by the left on purpose & on plan. It’s happening in Salt Lake City now & has been going on for about 20 years, maybe more. Look for the victim ideology; blacks… Read more »

4 months ago

When are law abiding peaceful people on both sides of the isle gong to wake up and realize what is going on is not peaceful, it’s not what America stands for. BLM Movement has publicly stated it is a Marxist movement. BLM Movement leaders have publicly stated they intend to burn our system down and replace it with one they like. Their words,not mine. BELIEVE THEM.

4 months ago

I am shocked to think that Denver City leaders and our Governor would allow BLM protestors to turn into vigilantes and harm those trying to hold a peaceful protest. It’s not right that Dems in high places are putting peaceful citizens in harms way by these Antifa and Black Lives Matter thugs who had no business at this peaceful protest. Denver so called leaders have shown their true colors by giving the stand down orders and they are just as guilty as Antifa and BLM for those that were harmed. It seems obvious that they are part of the problem… Read more »

Patriot Will
4 months ago

Disgusting how supposedly law and order police are ordered to ignore the assaults and criminal behavior exhibited by BLM in Denver. Any patriots who are still so naive as to believe that a significant number of mayors and governors aren’t actually supporting communistic thugs are living in Never-Never Land.

Keith S. Clark
4 months ago

Have we figured out yet that we are in a Civil War?
Nancy calls our Federal Police “Storm Troopers today!
It’s time to fight these Communists in the Street.

4 months ago

For those that don’t comprehend that what is going on is really a full attack by Communists in the US.   The Democrat party’s leadership includes many Communists. Communism is on the rise in the US. And I believe they are working with China in order to stop what was President Trump’s US economic escalation.   The Clintons and Obama are examples. People can realize the truth by reading the book “You Can Trust the Communists (to be Communists), written in 1965 and can be found free online if you search the title provided. The first 20 pages or so… Read more »

Steve King
4 months ago

Just another city I won’t be going to visit and spend any money. I’ll just stay away from the whole state.

4 months ago

A few days ago, a report came over the radio describing a local leftist group that had prevented the arrest of a hardened criminal. This action was actually endorsed by the city’s mayor!!   So, again, I wrote to the mayor. I was civil but firm in my outrage that this kind of nonsense is allowed to happen, and that the mayor actually stood in the way of law enforcement doing its job.   Why are we paying taxes? In the good old days, good behavior was rewarded and criminal behavior was dealt with in such a way that prevented… Read more »

Richard (Rick) Glover
4 months ago

Whatever the LAWS are in the area, i.e. city, county or state, enforcement should be applied.If you have broken the law you are subject to arrest. If you demonstrate or don’t agree, do it peacefully. That;s O.K., but when you come in masked, with clubs and other weapons, then you are assaulting or have an intent, which is against the law. When you do this then you are in defiance of the law. When the police are instructed to relinquish to the protesters, then that is an admission of defeat. This then gives a message to the violators, we are… Read more »

R.J. from Arizona
4 months ago

Disgusting and shameful. Oh Denver, you should be SO proud of your city.

Bonnie Jean
4 months ago

I think the idea of the Democrats who do not support their police or do not encourage them to protect the good and peaceful people, or the residents and business owners; is that they want them to become subordinate so that the Socialists can eventually take over. Just read the history of Germany in the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1940’s. A certain group insidiously began to take over thought and government. And the moral fabric of society began to unravel. Life was no longer a miraculous blessing. And the finger of blame was pointed to the opposition, even when they had… Read more »

Wesley Schoel
4 months ago

I will never live in Denver again. As a former resident of the Metro area, I’m ashamed of what the city and state has become in the last 15 years since I left. This event is just another indicator of what happens when liberalism runs amuck and becomes far leftist in orientation. Denver was once a great city, but under democratic control it holds only a shadow of it’s former glory. Good-bye Broncos and Rockies. I can no longer support this city in any way – even from afar.

4 months ago

This is shameful behavior on the part of police who are supposed to serve and protect and government officials whose primary responsibility is the safety of ALL their citizens. Shame on the feckless officers, the negligent city officials and the criminally biased governor. That peaceful rallies can’t happen due to fear of violence is NOT the American way.

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