During a #DefendDenver march earlier this month, protesters were arrested after allegedly vandalizing a memorial to fallen police officers. The vandals were caught on video dumping red paint on the memorial, but why were they able to deface the memorial in the first place?

A “stand-down order” from the police chief reportedly allowed vandals the opportunity to deface the memorial:

Denver’s police chief told officers not to intervene but to stand by and watch as protesters threw red paint on a memorial for fallen officers during a weekend march against police brutality.

The stand-down order upset some officers, who said it sends a message that protesters can get away with increasingly brazen actions.

A sad state of affairs.



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