DENVER - About 150 protesters marched through the streets of Denver on Saturday, demanding that more action be taken in the recent rash of alleged police and jail guard misconduct.
The marchers carried signs that read "Police get up early to beat the crowds" and "All police are murderers."
The first stop was at a sidewalk in Denver's Lodo district, where 23-year-old Michael Deherrera was captured by a city security camera being beaten by police.
They also gathered at a spot where Mark Ashford was beaten by police after shooting video of a police traffic stop.
The protesters do not believe the resignation of Denver's Safety Manger Ron Perea was enough.
"This is a first step, but only a first step," said Glen Spagnuolo, an organizer of the demonstration.
The marchers ended in front of the new Denver jail facility in downtown.
There they demanded justice for Marvin Booker, an inmate who died at the new facility.
Booker was tased and restrained by officers following a scuffle in the holding cell July 9 where a female sheriff's deputy was also treated for injuries suffered during the altercation.
Spokespersons for the Denver Police and the Denver Police Protective Association said they were not aware of the protest.
They added they can not comment on any ongoing investigations.
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Sunday, August 29, 2010