The tensions are high as the election day is mere weeks away. The year 2020 has seen protests and riots throughout the United States and also other parts of the world. As militia groups anticipate more uncivil rest with what is predicted to be a contested election night regardless of outcome, we have a casualty already with a political supporter of President Trump.
According to Denver Post, one person has died and another man, who 9News confirmed was a private security guard contracted by them, is in custody after a shooting during dueling protests Saturday in downtown Denver.
9News reported that one of their employees and a contractor for the television station were taken into custody. It later confirmed the guard was contracted through Pinkerton and “that it has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to hire private security to accompany staff at protests.”
The shooting occurred in the courtyard of the Denver Art Museum, KCNC reported.
The private security guard was contracted through Pinkerton by KUSA. It has been the practice of KUSA for several months to hire private security to accompany staff at protests, the television station reported.
Update: Further investigation has determined the suspect is a private security guard with no affiliation with Antifa. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
— Denver Police Dept. (@DenverPolice) October 11, 2020
The Patriot Rally was scheduled for 2 p.m. local time, KUSA reported. The counter protest, called a “BLM-Antifa Soup Drive,” began 30 minutes earlier at Civic Center Park, which is located next to the state Capitol, the television station reported.