81 year old still swept up in DNC protest drama

Police restrain demonstrator at DNC protests, Aug 2009The only other demonstration Cecil Bethea ever attended was a 1970 protest at the Colorado Capitol of the shootings at Kent State.

So the 81-year-old jumped at the chance to watch for a few minutes last Aug. 25 when a group of anarchists squared off against police in Civic Center between the Capitol and the Denver City and County Building.

He never expected what happened next.

A photograph of Bethea published in the Rocky Mountain News, handcuffed with bowed head, became a rallying cry for protesters who argued that police at the DNC were unnecessarily heavy-handed.

Read the full Denver Post story


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