Aurora police ask for help ID'ing ICE protesters involved in flag desecration at detention center

Posted at 3:52 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-17 13:55:31-04

AURORA, Colo. — Police in Aurora are asking for the public’s help identifying a group of protesters who police say pulled down the American flag and raised the Mexican flag and a desecrated upside-down blue thin line flag during a rally at the Aurora ICE detention facility Friday.

The Aurora Police Department released images Tuesday of the individuals they are calling persons of interest. Police said the people in the photos could face misdemeanor property-related crimes.

Friday’s demonstration in front of the privately-run detention center drew around 2,000 people who were protesting potential ICE raids announced earlier in the week. During the protest, a small group went on GEO Group center’s property and replaced the American flag with a Mexican one.

There was a rift in the crowd about whether that action was appropriate, with some undocumented protesters leaving out of concern for their safety.

Organizers of the Lights for Liberty Vigil were disappointed with the actions of those individuals.

"I'm a bit devastated," Cristian Solana-Cordova of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition said. "I'm let down by these people who basically took the mic away from our community leaders so they could pose for a selfie, essentially to show off on Instagram just how woke they are."

Colorado's governor responded on social media as well, condemning the acts but continued his disapproval of the raids.

Police are asking anyone with information to either email or you can remain anonymous and call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.