8 people arrested outside President Donald Trump rally in Colorado Springs

 Police presence at the Donald Trump rally in Colorado Springs on 2/20/20.
Police presence at the Donald Trump rally in Colorado Springs on 2/20/20. (KKTV)
Published: Feb. 20, 2020 at 9:00 PM MST
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Colorado springs police department say they arrested eight people for protesting in the middle of the street during President Trump's rally. The rally was at the Broadmoor World Arena on the southeast side of Colorado Springs.

Springs police tell us protesters were fine expressing their first amendment right, the freedom of speech. But, police say as soon as protesters walked into the intersection at Lake and Venetucci, things got dangerous.

“People are always expressing their views and we want to make sure they can do that because I think it’s important to express those views and that’s how positive change is made. But, we just gotta make sure people are doing it and you’re respectful to everybody else around you," said Sgt. Jason Newton with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Springs police say they passed along several warnings to protesters in the street and when some didn't comply they were arrested. Officers on scene say it presented several dangers including people possibly getting hit by a car since they were in the middle of the street. They wanted to make sure the protesters along with anyone driving in the area were safe.

“An intersection, blocking traffic, in the street, putting yourself in danger, putting other people in danger, that is not a place to exercise your first amendment right. That is a danger to you and yourself and our families that are driving. So, it’s really extremely dangerous," said Sgt. Newton.

Police tell us all eight people who were arrested were all ticketed and released. They will have to go to court and could possibly have to pay a fine.

Colorado Springs Police sent out this release following the arrests:

The police department provided the following statement to the public:

"On February 20, 2020, the Colorado Springs Police Department was present at the World Arena in order to protect the public where thousands had gathered. During the rally, a large group of people exercised their First Amendment Constitutional Right to peacefully protest. There was a designated free speech zone where people could express their views. Several people chose instead to take over the roadway and obstruct traffic at the entrance and exit to the arena at Venetucci Boulevard and Cheyenne Meadows Road. The Colorado Springs Public Order Response Team responded and issued several warnings to clear the roadway. The crowd disregarded the orders and a number of people were taken into custody. A total of eight people were arrested and transported to the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center where they were cited and released. They were all charged for a violation of Colorado Springs municipal code 9.2.103 Failure to desist or disperse."

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