Hundreds of Denver students walk out of school in protest
Students in Denver are walking out of school in protest of police brutality and race discrimination, according to Chalkbeat Colorado.
One Denver police commander told the paper that the walkouts are unlike anything he had seen in 25 years of service.
“Not like this, day after day,” he told Chalkbeat.
The protests, which have gone on for five days in a row, are in response to two incidents where grand juries did not indict police officers who killed unarmed black men.
So far, students from about nine schools in Denver have participated in the protests. The Denver Post reported that over 500 students walked out on Tuesday. Hundreds of students protested on Monday, blocking traffic during rush hour.
On Monday, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock urged students to stop the walkouts and instead work with police to solve race relations, the Post reported.
Both the mayor’s office and the school district are planning to host events across the city for the public and police officers to discuss race issues.