Student carried from Colorado Capitol chamber during gun law protest; lawmakers seek inquiry

The Denver Post: The removal of a student from a legislative viewing area of the state Capitol on Wednesday — which some lawmakers say included an unnecessary and disproportionate level of force — is prompting an investigation by Colorado House of Representatives leadership.

Videos posted on social media and shared with the Denver Post showed Colorado State Patrol officers lifting a student from his chair and hauling him out of a public viewing space of the House of Representatives. It also showed a staff member forcing a standing student into his chair.

“Students are demanding we act to prevent gun violence, but they shouldn’t have to come to the Capitol to protest for their lives,” House Speaker Julie McCluskie, a Dillon Democrat, said in a statement. “I am concerned with the response to the protest in the House Gallery. From what we have seen, it was clearly disproportionate to the students’ actions. We are calling for an investigation into the response and will take the necessary steps to prevent this from happening again, including review of the responsibilities, protocols and training for our sergeants at arms.”

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