Lock & Load… Denver Police Stock Up On Guns For DNC Convention
The young democrats are coming to town and the Denver police want to be ready.
Olympia, Washington officials have plenty of experience in dealing with the young antiwar liberals. (Tony Overman/The Olympian)
Denver police are stocking up on guns that fire a pepper spray-like substance instead of bullets – a less-lethal weapon used to disperse crowds – in advance of the Democratic National Convention.
The department recently ordered 88 Mark IV launchers and projectiles at a cost “in the low six figures,” the company that makes the weapons stated in a news release Monday.
The request was for delivery in advance of the DNC, according to Louisville- based Security With Advanced Technology Inc.
The convention, scheduled for Aug. 25 to 28 at the Pepsi Center, is expected to draw thousands of protesters to sites throughout Denver.
The city received a $50 million federal grant for security. A senior adviser to Mayor John Hickenlooper has said the city plans to spend up to half that amount on equipment, with the rest going to pay officers.
But the city has refused to disclose how it is spending the money, prompting the American Civil Liberties Union last month to file a civil lawsuit.
Slapstick Politics, who has been following the protest news, noted that the liberal group Re-Create 68 said that if confronted with violence by police, members will defend themselves.
Recreate 68 has promised demonstrations that will rival those of the Democratic convention in Chicago held in 1968, which was accompanied by street battles between police and anti-Vietnam War demonstrators.
The Drunkablog reported that there are rumors that peaceful events are going to be be infiltrated by agent provocateurs who operate under the umbrella of black-ops. There are also reports that Recreate 68 members are threatening to take over the park in downtown Denver.
And, then there is this:
Oh, and apparently there may be a huge surge in child prostitution in the area.
What’s that about?
The city of Denver is getting ready for the Democrats:
Military choppers fly over Denver in training for the war on terror? (RMN)
Democracy Project wonders if Democrats are cursing the ACLU about now?