The Colorado State Patrol donned riot gear and marched into Civic Center Park in Denver early this morning, rousted the protesters out of bed, dismantled their tents, ousted them from the park and surrounded the area in time for morning rush hour. This from the Denver Post:
Cpt. Jeff Goodwin of the Colorado State Patrol said troopers arrested 21 people for suspicion of unlawful conduct on public land. He said that number could increase later today.
The state patrol continued to surround the park this morning and planned to clean and secure the park throughout the day. Goodwin said troopers planned to have a long-term presence at the park.
Is this the proper response, or should the authorities ignore the camps and hope everyone goes home when it gets cold? The CSP seems to be showing up the NYPD so far. Governer Hickenlooper and Mayor Hancock, both Democrats, have taken a law and order stance which I think will pay off politically. I am suprised more cities haven't taken action yet. Could this be the beginning of the end?