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Monday, July 19, 2004

Vigil last night-meeting tomorrow night

The vigil for Frank Lobato, the man murdered by Denver cops, took place last night.  His family is in town and they were in attendance. The Rocky Mountain News  carried a report in today's edition.
The vigil held outside La Alma Recreation Center just blocks from the shooting site in a west Denver housing project inevitably turned into a political rally.

Fliers were handed out advertising a meeting with Mayor John Hickenlooper scheduled for Tuesday, to be followed by a rally Wednesday.

"We have to find some way to take charge of our city again, to make it ours instead of just the people with money, the people with power," said American Indian Movement activist George "Tink" Tinker.

"The police can't hurt him now," Tinker said, turning toward Lobato's family members.

Family spokesman LeRoy Lemos demanded changes in the Denver Police Department, beginning with the resignation of Chief Gerry Whitman and including charges filed against police officer Ranjan Ford Jr., who shot Lobato.

"At some point these tragedies and tears and vigils have to stop," Lemos said. "Denver police are never held accountable."  full article

 
The events referred to, the meeting with Hickenlooper and the rally take place, respectively, on Tuesday on Wednesday.
 
TUESDAY, JULY 20, 6 PM, INNER CITY PARISH BUILDING, 1212 MARIPOSA
Mayor Hickenlooper and Manager of Safety Al LaCabe have committed to bethere. A community group has come up with a set of demands regarding thisshooting and broader issues of police accountability that will be presentedto them. Family members of Frank Lobato will be there as well.
 
WEDNESDAY: (July 21) PROTEST RALLY AND MARCH, 6PM, EAST STEPS CITY AND COUNTY BUILDING.
After a rally protesting the wrongful death of FrankLobato we will march to the Police Administration Building.

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