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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Marijuana: After Denver Votes to Legalize It, Cops Arrest Even More

On Tuesday evening SAFER launched Operation Chickenlooper, which involved the SAFER Chicken (volunteer Kayvan Khalatbari in a full-body chicken suit) strutting around the front of the mayor's first campaign forum holding a sign reading, "Hey, Mayor Chickenlooper! What's so scary about marijuana?" SAFER staff and volunteers also put flyers in every attendees hands explaining the situation and asking them if they really wanted their "buck buck bucks" spent arresting adults for marijuana possession. At the end of the event, we were able to get the chicken inside so we could get a photo of it with the mayor, which would later appear in full size and color in the Colorado Statesman, the state's primary political newspaper. The photo somehow found its way into the Denver Daily News and onto a number of blogs. You can also check out this story in the Drug War Chronicle for another take on the story and another pretty funny photo.

The next day, we announced the SAFER Chicken would be appearing again at the mayor's second forum, which led to the NBC and ABC affiliates coming out to get some shots. The hilarious ABC story is now available on YouTube. The stunt also led to a classic story in the Rocky Mountain News that included a nice large photo. We also managed to snap this one as the mayor tried to sneak out of the building! He also snuck in through a backdoor -- what a chicken!
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

He probably just didn't want to waste an hour of his valuable time re-stating the blatantly obvious reason for enforcing the law on marijuana possession with a half-wit in a chicken suit.