Colorado lawmakers may change when police can intervene in a protest after summer of unrest

The Colorado Sun: Colorado law enforcement would be barred from breaking up a protest unless there is an imminent threat of violence or major property damage from a “significant” number of people acting in unison, under legislation introduced Tuesday at the state legislature.

Senate Bill 31 comes in response to unrest last summer following the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, and the death of Elijah McClain in 2019 after an encounter with law enforcement and first responders in Aurora.

The measure would also require police to differentiate bad actors in a crowd of protesters instead of taking a blanket response and stopping a largely peaceful demonstration. 

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