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Denver mayor to George Floyd protesters: After talking, “it’s time to get to work”

Mayor Michael Hancock also speaks at George Floyd protests
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Posted at 10:17 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 00:17:55-04

DENVER -- Mayor Michael Hancock joined thousands of protesters on Denver’s streets Wednesday, asking them if they’re ready to get to work on the issues that brought them there.

“It’s easy to march. It’s easy to talk. But the real success of this movement is when it’s over,” the African-American mayor said. “If we’re all tired of talking then, yes, it’s time to get to work.”

Hancock received a mostly warm reception at the seventh day of city protests over the death of George Floyd at police hands in Minneapolis last week. Others cheered when a speaker called out Colorado Gov. Jared Polis for not attending any of the protests.

Kwon Atlas, an aide to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, spoke at length about his experience growing up black and encountering racism. He promised the crowd that “cops are going to start getting fired.” Denver fired an officer Tuesday for posting “Let’s start a riot” on an Instagram photo. In all of 2019, only two city cops were fired.

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