By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, 9 News captures another day of Denver protests.
A Denver judge restricts cops from using tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters. This was reported by CBS News on Saturday, June 6. Actual events occurred on Friday, June 5. The judge’s restrictions also included other non-lethal weapons such as flash bangs. The judge made this order following a class action lawsuit that was filed against the City of Denver and the Denver Police Department. The judge ruled in favor of the protesters in this case as video footage shows that Denver Police acted in a manner that violated protesters First and Fourth amendment rights. The judge’s order will prevent police from using “chemical weapons” or projectiles unless they are approved first by a superior on the scene in response to acts of violence and destruction of property.
“Chemical weapons” here has the meaning of non-lethal chemical agents commonly accessible to police departments such as tear gas, pepper spray, and other like agents. These chemical agents under the new order cannot be used “under any circumstances” until the protesters are given a reasonable amount of time to comply with police orders.
In addition to prohibiting chemical weapons, the judge’s original order called for police to record using a body camera at all times during protest events. The police may by no means obstruct the view of the body camera.
NBC News 9 reported that the judge’s order was a bit more restrictive at first, but that a request came from the city to modify the order. One modification to Judge R. Brooke Jackon’s ruling that a superior must authorize anti-riot weapons came when the city stated that the ruling was not feasible. It was deemed not feasible on the grounds that the Denver Police Department only has four members of its force who rank high enough to make such a call. The city motion requested that police lieutenants would also be permitted to make the call regarding anti-riot weapons. Judge Jackson granted the request of this city motion on Saturday.
As Denver fought to solve the restrictions issues on its police force, other cities across the United States took a harsher approach toward their police departments. The New York Times reported that Minneapolis has motioned to defund and disband its current extant police force, proposing new alternatives to public safety.
President Trump, meanwhile, called for law and order and argued that his presidential opposition candidate Joe Biden would move to completely defund both the U.S. collective police force and the U.S. military.
“Not only will Sleepy Joe Biden DEFUND THE POLICE, but he will DEFUND OUR MILITARY! He has no choice, the Dems are controlled by the Radical Left,” said Trump in a tweet that was posted at 9:01 am on June 7.
“Sleepy Joe Biden and the Radical Left Democrats want to “DEFUND THE POLICE”. I want great and well paid LAW ENFORCEMENT. I want LAW & ORDER!” likewise said Mr. Trump in a tweet that was posted at 8:09am on June 7.
Mr. Trump continued to demand law and order over the course of June 7. Likewise, late the night of June 7, Mr. Trump voiced criticism for Roger Goodell’s statements on “peace and reconciliation.”