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Denver Police Supporters Rally, Place Flowers at Vandalized Officer Memorial

February 19, 2015  | 

Flowers placed at the cleaned-up Denver Fallen Officer Memorial. (Photo: Denver PD via Facebook)
Flowers placed at the cleaned-up Denver Fallen Officer Memorial. (Photo: Denver PD via Facebook)

In the wake of weekend vandalism at the Denver police fallen officer memorial, law enforcement supporters — including police officers themselves — left a mountain of flowers at the site as part of a day-long show of solidarity Wednesday.

Protesters dumped red paint on the memorial — which honors more than 70 fallen police officers — on Saturday afternoon, also plastering stickers on the site and nearby pillars. Police arrested two men in connection with the vandalism. They are being held on "investigation of criminal mischief-vandalism," police said.

"When I heard about this yesterday, it occurred to me that this was the same as (vandalizing) our Vietnam Memorial in D.C.," said Tim Hall.

Hall, who said he is a veteran, came and left flowers at the memorial, the Denver Post reports.

The president of the Denver police union told The Associated Press that officers should have been allowed to intervene when the suspects threw red paint on the memorial. Instead, suspects were arrested afterward.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said Monday he will not allow emotions to rule during protests that could result in police officers getting drawn into violent confrontations.

"These are folks who are looking for a confrontation," Hancock said. "They're asking and baiting the officers to start something."

Comments (5)

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tom @ 2/20/2015 5:50 AM

Mayor Hancock, apparently you have never heard the saying "If you go looking for trouble, you will usually find it !" If these "protesters" are willing to break the law (vandalism of public property) in front of a police officer, they should expect to be arrested. If you don't have the stones for this, then that explains why you have others (your PD) to do it for you.

plato's playdough @ 2/20/2015 5:29 PM

Where did the red paint go ?? Was it THAT easy to get rid of?

plato's playdough @ 2/22/2015 2:34 AM

This is not the picture previously published... or IS it...??

Wow, the above photo was taken with the camera SITING on the ground to make the monument look larger. WHY would somebody DO that??

Data mining effort, perhaps?

AZBIGDOG @ 2/22/2015 6:14 AM

Again with the don't confront the people committing crimes? I must believe that the use of illegal marijuana, by Federal standards, is really making it hard for persons who have sworn oaths, such as mayors, to do anything but raid the munchies cupboard, to make sound decisions. If you commit a crime in Denver I guess it is okay to do so as long as you meant to do it and you were doing it to make the police arrest you so you could be confrontational. I am beginning to believe that the Denver administration would be better performing Three Stooges skits because that is what it sounds and looks like. I think maybe Denver and most likely most of the Colorado Mountain High group need to be replaced by persons willing to enforce those laws on protestors as well as common citizens without protest available.

Jackjumpin @ 2/24/2015 10:53 AM

What the protesters did is wrong about that there is no doubt, What their intention was before the crime was committed was still and unknown so any actions taken would make people scream VIOLATION. After the paint was poured you have evidence and witnesses AND THE CRIME. Maybe by design (which is why they are the Chief and we aren't) or it purely luck. So with luck and a good prosecutor the fine upstanding citizens will get convicted and a longer time-out than if it would have been an attempted defacing.

As much as we hate to admit it, our jobs are more reactive than proactive, we get more convictions and fewer lawsuits after the crime is committed than when we assume that someone will commit one. I'm just saying..... BE SAFE. See you all in Fairfax for the World Police and Fire Games

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