Apr 19, 2021 - News

Denver activists float possibility of a "hot" summer of protests

People gather at the state Capitol to protest the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright. Photo: Alayna Alvarez/Axios

Multiple demonstrations were held in downtown Denver on Saturday to protest the death of Daunte Wright, an unarmed Black man who was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer during a traffic stop.

The state of play: Community activists warned that their taking to the streets only foreshadows more unrest ahead.

  • "The Denver anti-racist movement that raised the fever pitch last summer is here to stay ... it is not done," said Joel Northam, a leader of the Denver chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.
  • "It’s going to be a long, hot summer — and we’re here for it," he told a crowd of protesters.

The big picture: The recent deaths of Wright and 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago have ignited protests in cities across the country. Meanwhile, new police shooting cases continue to climb.

  • Since testimony in the trial of Derek Chauvin over George Floyd’s death began March 29, an average of more than three people a day have been killed by the police, the New York Times reports.

What's next: A verdict is expected in the Chauvin trial sometime this week, which could set off another wave of unrest across America.


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