As police brutality protests continue, Fort Collins could see policing reform from above
FORT COLLINS- Pain. Pride. Power. Anger. Love.
Speaker after speaker took the microphone on the stage at Fort Collins’ Old Town Square Friday afternoon as part of police brutality protest, pouring their feelings out in front of a crowd of hundreds.
There were stories from black people sharing personal experience of confrontations with police. Stories their parents shared, passed down one generation to the next.
The square was overflowing into the surrounding streets with people of all ages and races, many holding signs and frequently breaking into chants of support.
More from the protest: View Friday’s live updates from the protest and march
The mass of protesters marched up Mountain Avenue, past the Larimer County Justice Center, back down Laporte Avenue and back into the square. Traffic was shut down as they marched, with police coming to close the streets and divert cars away.
And before and after the march each speaker — more than a dozen in total — delivered an impassioned, personal plea.