Michelle Obama, wife of Barak, made them cry during her speech Monday night inside the Democratic Convention. And outside, the police fired pepper spray on a couple hundred protesters outside Monday night.
In an emotional speech before the delegates, Michelle Obama proved to the country and the world how genuine she and her family are. Many eyes in the audience and in front of the tube were moist. Go here for a video of her speech. Go here for more analysis.
100 protesters taken to temporary center
Depending on their charges, they should be processed by 4 a.m. or 5 a.m., said Capt. Frank Gale of the Denver Sheriff’s Office.
“It’s working exactly the way it is supposed to do,” Gale said of the facility. If the detainees have the resources, they could post bond, Gale said. Others could end up being taken back to the main jail.
About 7 p.m. Monday, riot police using pepper spray forced a couple of hundred protesters out of Civic Center and then blocked them before they could reach the 16th Street Mall. Police surrounded the protesters along 15th Street between Court Street and Cleveland Place and then moved up reinforcements, including at least two armored vehicles.
Lynn Kimbrough, a spokeswoman for the convention’s Joint Information Center, said one officer fired pepper spray during the initial confrontation near the City and County Building and one officer fire pepper spray on 15th Street. She also said one officer fired pepper balls in once instance, but wasn’t sure of the timing. She said an officer fired the first spray when several of the protesters charged toward the police line, which had been set up to protect the roadway and prevent any movement toward the pedestrian mall.
Police processed detainees until nearly 11 p.m. using tables set up along Cleveland and loading the detainees onto sheriff’s buses for transport to the center.
Larry Hales with the activist group Recreate 68 said his group did nothing wrong Monday and had a permit for the Civic Center gathering when police closed in and created havoc. Hales said that if they are not released by the morning, the activists will protest outside the police headquarters.
“I’m a little in shock,” said Joey-Kenzie, 21, of Denver, after spending about 90 minutes in the crowd of people pinned in by officers in SWAT gear. [Go here for the rest of the article.]