Eight arrested after Wednesday night protest in downtown Denver

Denver police arrested eight during a Wednesday night protest during which people blocked intersections on East Colfax Avenue and vandalized property.

Police also confiscated a 9 mm pistol, a knife, a hammer and bear spray, according to a news release from the Denver Police Department.

The protest, which was loosely organized, began around 6 p.m. in Cheesman Park with about 100 people who marched along Colfax to the State Capitol and then circled back toward the park. Along the way, participants sprayed graffiti on boarded-up windows, set fire in garbage cans and dumpster and smashed windows.

Police dispersed the crowd around 8 p.m. after someone started a fire in an overturned garbage bin in the street. Officers in riot gear used tear gas and pepper balls to push the crowd back.

The protests disrupted businesses, forcing some to close because of the damage, and costs were being assessed on Thursday morning. During the march, one group followed protesters to douse trash fires, pick up trash and move road construction signs out of busy streets.

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