Denver Cops Mace Their Own Provocateurs at Dem Convention
In a fascist Keystone Kops scenario, Denver police agent provocatuers and a uniformed police commander were pepper-sprayed by another officer who didn't know their struggle was staged. The presence of the provocateurs was revealed in a police report obtained by the ACLU, which now seeks to learn what role the police plants played in the instigation of the "riot" on August 25, which resulted in the arrest of 106 people. The police chief did not return calls from the media inquiring as to whether this was standard procedure.
When a Jefferson County deputy unleashed pepper spray at unruly protesters on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, he did not know that his targets were undercover Denver police officers.
Now the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado is questioning whether that staged confrontation by police pretending to be violent inflamed other protesters or officers during the most intense night of the four-day event.
The protest occurred Aug. 25 at 15th Street and Court Place near Civic Center. Police ultimately arrested 106 people, the highest number of arrests in a single day during the convention.
According to a use-of-force police report obtained by the ACLU, undercover Denver detectives staged a struggle with a police commander to get pulled out of the crowd without blowing their cover. The commander knew they were working undercover, and the plan was to pull them out of the crowd and pretend they were under arrest so protesters would be none the wiser.
A Jefferson County deputy, unaware of the presence of undercover police, thought that the commander was being attacked and used pepper spray on the undercover officers.
Example of a similar incident at the SPP protest in Canada