The rioting in Denver has involved a lot of vandalism and property damage, including the destruction of a $151,702 glass art installation. This civil unrest has required a heavy police presence to maintain law and order. The Denver Police Department (DPD) have used tear gas and nonlethal projectiles to disperse the mobs of vandals.
In the downtown area alone, the riots will cost taxpayers no less than $1.034 million in damages to city property. Julie Smith, city spokeswoman, says this includes costs for general repairs, to board up broken doors and windows to prevent any further destruction and to clean up graffiti and other cosmetic damages. The Downtown Denver Partnership says that private businesses in the downtown area have reported roughly $2 million in property damages – a conservative estimate, according to spokeswoman Britt Diehl. Some of this will be covered by the city's insurance.
However, the larger costs of the demonstrations have come from overtime payments to police officers and other emergency city officials. So far, Denver has spent at least $2.57 million on the extra personnel costs. These overtime fees will be covered by the city's general fund, which is rapidly getting depleted due to what Denver is already spending to deal with the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. (Related: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan proposes SLASHING the Seattle Police Department's budget by $20 million – tells police to expect deeper cuts in the future.)
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Within a span of two days, three historical monuments in Denver have been either brought down by rioters or proactively removed by city authorities.
At around 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, a group of at least four vandals toppled a statue commemorating Coloradans who fought for the Union in the Civil War. The statue, which was erected in 1909 and sits in front of the Colorado State Capitol, depicts a Civil War cavalryman, dismounted and holding a rifle. Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, said that the statue will be repaired and put back on its pedestal. Both the DPD and the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) have been tasked to hold accountable those responsible for the destruction of the monument.
The next day, at around 12:40 a.m., vandals toppled a statue erected in 1975 in Denver's Civic Center honoring Christopher Columbus. The moment the 15-foot bronze statue was torn down was recorded by a group known as the “Afro Liberation Front.” Their video showed at least a dozen people pulling on it with several ropes.
Finally, on the afternoon of June 26, city crews took down the statue of frontiersman Kit Carson. The statue previously stood on top of the city's Pioneer Monument, a fountain in the downtown Denver area celebrating the arrival of Americans to Denver. Spokeswoman Cyndi Karvanski said that the city's Parks and Recreation department removed the statue “proactively for safety and as a precautionary measure to keep it from being torn down.”
The American Indian Movement (AIM) of Colorado has long criticized Kit Carson, calling him “as bad and as evil [to Native Americans] as any Confederate general to Black people.” AIM, incidentally, has stated that they refuse to condemn the toppling of the statue of Christopher Columbus.
Historical monuments all over the country are being torn down by rioters or taken down by local and state officials surrendering to the demands of violent mobs. Stay updated on the latest attacks against America's history at Rioting.news.