President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at The Broadmoor World Arena, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
UPDATED 6:08 PM PT — Friday, February 21, 2020
Eight protesters were arrested outside a Trump rally in Colorado after disregarding warnings from police.
According to a statement from authorities Friday, the group started out peacefully outside the rally Thursday, but soon began to take over the roadway and obstruct traffic. The police were telling the protesters they needed to move out of the road.
“If you do not move immediately you will be charged with obstructing an intersection,” stated police.
Protesters are led out of the World Ice Arena as President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Colorado Springs, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Authorities said protesters had a designated “free speech zone” where they could express their views, but they started to leave the designated area.
“It shouldn’t have been that way and it didn’t have to be if they would have just been more proactive and intermingled in the group, there was only a couple of people doing it,” stated attendee Daniel Chapparo.
All eight protesters were taken into custody and charged with failing to desist or disperse before being released.