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3 arrested, 1 cited following fights at pro-police rally in Fort Collins

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Fort Collins protests turn violent_Aug 8 2020
Posted at 3:54 PM, Aug 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 10:36:22-04

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Authorities say three people have been arrested and another cited after fights broke out at a pro-police rally in Fort Collins.

The “Back the Blue” rally began outside the Fort Collins Police Department Saturday afternoon. Counter-protesters also arrived and multiple disturbances later broke out.

A detective says those arrested and cited came from both the pro-police group and the counter-protesters.

The three people arrested — Anna Kruger, 25, Joshua Mischler-DeLeon, 37, and Michael Townley, 42 — are facing disorderly conduct charges. Kruger faces an additional charge of resisting arrest and Mischler-DeLeon an additional charge of possession of an illegal weapon. A fourth person, James Reitman, 42, was cited for criminal tampering, according to police.

VIDEO: Fort Collins protests turn violent

Video footage shows members of the pro-law enforcement crowd walking toward a smaller group of counter-protesters and then fights break out. It was unclear how the fights began.

“We respect everyone's right to peacefully assemble. Our officers have consistently supported these rights in recent months as people have gathered to make their voices heard. For the safety of our community, acts of violence and other unlawful behavior have not and will not be tolerated from anyone,” said FCPS Chief Jeff Swoboda.

Chief Swoboda released a video statement, and is available to view here.

Police said they are reviewing video and are asking witnesses with any details to come forward. Anyone with information that may help in this investigation is asked to contact Det. CJ O'Loughlin at 970-416-2571.