For weeks, some Denver police officers have whispered their concerns that protesters will come to the Democratic National Convention armed with an array of disgusting or frustrating devices designed to create havoc. Feces bombs, bike locks, and even carabiners to help make human chains - all are rumored to be among the items protesters will use, reports Christopher Osher.Read whole thing.
Tonight, the public can weigh in on a proposed ordinance that would prohibit possession of those items and others. Here are some of those items and how protesters might use them.
Speaking of which:
Denver judges are clearing their dockets and preparing to work longer hours during the week of the Democratic National Convention.Bike bound:
Two courtrooms will be reserved for arraignments in DNC- related cases, said Presiding Judge Andrew S. Armatas.
They will operate from 8 a.m. to midnight, if necessary.
More: Speaking of feces (and when aren't we?) part 74 or so of the Rocky's series on Civic Center Park focuses on pigeon poop.
With Denver streets promising congestion and closures come convention time, a Boulder-based cycling outfit has started signing up pedalers to share the 1,000 free bikes it's gathering for the downtown area, reports Jessica Fender.
Bikes Belong, a nonprofit cycling advocacy group, is taking advantage of Denver's open bike paths and lanes during the convention and installing its own temporary parking spots walking distance from the Pepsi Center. . . .
Not every Denver destination will be two-wheel accessible, however.
Bikes can't enter the Pepsi Center's to-be-announced security perimeter, and the closest bike lock-up to Invesco Field at Mile High, where Democratic nominee Barack Obama will close the convention, is a half-hour walk away, according to the DNC Host Committee's latest map.