Body cameras will be key for investigating Denver police protest response — if they were recording

Denverite: After the first several nights of protests over systemic racism and police misconduct on the streets of Denver, the city government emerged from the frenetic events with a clear narrative: Police officers only used chemical weapons and projectiles on people in reaction to protesters throwing things at them, Mayor Michael Hancock said on Colorado Public Radio.

But other accounts threw a wrench into that narrative. While at times members of the public launched water bottles and fireworks at officers, they responded with tear gas, smoke bombs, foam bullets and other projectiles on all types of protesters, including peaceful ones, according to news reports, social media videos and a federal judge who placed a restraining order on DPD.

Exactly what happened on those nights will, theoretically, come out in the wash. And it’s a full load.

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