Protesters overtake Denver City Council meeting to demand defunding the police in the name of people of color killed by officers

Denverite: A public hearing meant to last 30 minutes flowed late into the evening Monday as scores of protesters took over Denver City Council Chambers to demand drastic police reform and an end to systemic racism.

Just before the city council’s weekly legislative meeting was set to begin at 5:30 p.m., a crowd rushed the chambers and chanted “Defund DPD.” The group, which included members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, demanded control of the microphone.

Council President Jolon Clark and his colleagues acquiesced, giving them free rein and throwing out the three-minute limit and decorum rules.

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