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Woman cited, Aurora police still looking for other ICE protest suspects who removed U.S. flag

Posted: 8:53 PM, Jul 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-24 22:53:30-04
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AURORA, Colo. – Aurora police have cited a woman with criminal tampering who they say was involved in the removal of a U.S. flag during a rally at the Aurora ICE detention facility nearly two weeks ago.

The woman, who was not identified, was issued a summons to appear in municipal court.

Authorities are still looking for other people involved in the removal and replacement of a U.S. flag with a Mexican flag and a desecrated upside-down blue thin line flag.

The July 12 demonstration in front of the privately-run detention center drew around 2,000 people who were protesting potential ICE raids announced earlier that week.

During the protest, a small group went on GEO Group center’s property and replaced the American flag with a Mexican one.

There was a rift in the crowd about whether that action was appropriate, with some undocumented protesters leaving out of concern for their safety.

Organizers of the Lights for Liberty Vigil were disappointed with the actions of those individuals.

"I'm a bit devastated," Cristian Solana-Cordova of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition said. "I'm let down by these people who basically took the mic away from our community leaders so they could pose for a selfie, essentially to show off on Instagram just how woke they are."

Colorado's governor responded on social media as well, condemning the acts but continued his disapproval of the raids.

Anyone with information is asked to email APDCrimeTips@AuroraGov.org or Crime Stoppers at (720) 913-7867