Police investigate after US flag removed during immigration protest

American flags blown in the wind in Malibu California

DENVER — Police say they will be reviewing any available video to help them identity protesters who trespassed and pulled down the American flag in front of an immigration detention center in suburban Denver, tried to burn it and replaced it with a Mexican flag.

Friday night’s protest in Aurora drew about 2,000 people and was mostly peaceful. However, police said Saturday that a few people passed a makeshift barrier outside the privately-run center, causing hundreds to follow. Police said some then removed three flags, including the U.S. flag. The others were replaced with anti-police flags.

A spokesman for the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, Cristian Solano-Cordova, told The Denver Post that those who pulled down the flags weren’t affiliated with mainstream immigrants’ rights groups but had coordinated with them to be there.

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