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Protesters arrive at Colorado Springs City Hall in advance of Saturday's demonstration. Photo by Liz Henderson, The Gazette.

PHOTOS: Confrontation Erupts During Evening Protest In Downtown Colorado Springs

VIDEO: More than 1,000 people marched in Colorado Springs on Saturday to protest the death of George Floyd

After two days and nights of rage in cities across America over the death of an unarmed black man while being held down by a Minneapolis police officer, hundreds of protesters marched in downtown Colorado Springs, chanting the names of George Floyd and De'Von Bailey. 

Protesters gathered at 3 p.m. outside City Hall and marched down Nevada Avenue to the Colorado Springs police operations center. 

As night fell, police reportedly used tear gas to disperse a crowded that had gathered in the street near the downtown police station. 

Read the latest out of Colorado Springs and Denver here: 

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9:16 p.m. - Watch live coverage from KKTV about what's was happening in Colorado Springs Saturday night here.

8:31 p.m. - Colorado Springs police said in a tweet that protesters  engaged in in criminal activity, including damage to property and acts of violence, including throwing rocks and bottles. 

8:09 p.m. - Denver's 8 p.m. curfew has arrived. Protesters remain outside near the Capitol. Watch live coverage from 9News here. 

7:39 p.m. -  "Although several lawful orders were given to disperse, protesters failed to comply. Officers were forced to introduce chemical irritants into the crowd in order to disperse the unlawful and violent gathering," Colorado Springs police tweeted to a KOAA reporter.  

7:36 p.m. - KKTV reporters say tear gas was thrown on protesters in Colorado Springs.  Colorado Springs police tweeted that they were working to "safely bring the protest back to a peaceful state." Law enforcement is asking people to avoid downtown Colorado Springs. 

7:27 p.m. - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office say there are road closures in the area of the police operations center, at Rio Grande and Nevada Avenue, due to large group of people in the road. 

7:10 p.m. - KKTV reports that Colorado Springs protesters outside the police operations center have been pepper sprayed. "There's a wall of police now surrounding the building," reports Olivia DaRocha.  

6:50 p.m. - Demonstrators have gathered at Acacia Park. KKTV reports. Tonight's protest in Colorado Springs has remained peaceful so far. 

6:30 p.m - KKTV's Ashley Franco in Denver is reporting that law enforcement is deploying pepper bombs and flash bangs in downtown Denver. "People are running around saying they have medical supplies and water for those who need it," she tweeted

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6 p.m. - Hundreds of Colorado Springs protesters were gathered at City Hall Saturday evening after marching to the police operations center. Colorado Springs protests have been peaceful, with little uniformed police presence. A couple of police cruisers blocked traffic while protester marched south on Nevada Avenue. In Denver, meanwhile, protests are ramping up. There are reports of demonstrators being hit with tear gas and pepper spray balls as the 8 p.m. curfew in Denver draws near. 

4:22 p.m. - Police in an armored vehicle announce on a bullhorn:  "In the name of the people of the state of Colorado I command you to immediately disperse." The vehicle is across the street and about a block away from where protesters have gathered at the operations center. 

4:20 p.m. Downtown Denver is full of boarded up windows from vandalism overnight, Ashley Franco with Gazette news partner KKTV tweeted. People are spray painting the boards with messages. "Stop police violence & brutality" reads one.  

4:16 p.m. - Protesters have arrived at the Colorado Springs Police Operations Center in downtown Colorado Springs. 

3:50 p.m. -  Protesters are chanting "De'Von Bailey."  The 19-year-old black man was shot and killed by Colorado Springs police last summer. A grand jury found  officers were justified in the shooting death in November. 

3:42 p.m. - Protesters move into the street and swarm around a CSPD cruiser, shouting George Floyd's name. The cruiser reverses out of the crowd.  One of the protesters holds a sign that says "Remember  De' Von Bailey."  

3:39 p.m - Denver Mayor Michael Hancock says 34 people have been arrested in Denver protests so far. 

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Click here for Twitter updates from Denver's protest: 

3:16 p.m. - "No justice, no peace." Protesters at Colorado Springs' City Hall gather for a George Floyd protest as the rain clouds gather above. 

3:08 p.m. - "Stop police murders" chants the crowd at a  protest in downtown Colorado Springs. 

2:57 p.m. - A motorcyclist revs his engine in support of the George Floyd protest as the crowd at City Hall starts to grow

2:33 p.m. - The first protesters begin to arrive at City Hall. 

2:25 p.m. - Denver Mayor Hancock announced a citywide curfew will go into effect Saturday from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., and remain in place until Monday.

1:30 p.m. - With another large demonstration in downtown Denver anticipated Saturday after two days and nights of unrest, Gov. Jared Polis' Office announced that he had authorized the Colorado National Guard to assist in maintaining order in the city.

Polis released the following statement:

“Friday’s demonstrations against the senseless killing of George Floyd and far too many innocent black Americans before him began as a peaceful day time protest and unfortunately shifted into disorder late into the evening. It appears the disruptors that caused damage throughout the city were not necessarily the same peaceful protesters from the daytime. Unfortunately, because of a few individuals who were more focused on causing unrest and damage rather than advocating for justice, people awoke to images of smashed out windows, graffiti, and the smell of tear gas. We are all filled with grief about the unjust murder of George Floyd and I stand ready to join hands with those hurting today as we peacefully work for justice. Today is a new day and it is my hope and the hope of all Coloradans that any future demonstrations remain peaceful. To those peacefully protesting at a safe social distance, know that I see you and I am listening. Mayor Hancock has requested the support of the National Guard to help keep people safe and prevent further destruction and I have granted that request.”

Polis authorized the Colorado National Guard to support the city and county of Denver with public safety activities through the weekend. This is a different mission and different guardsmen and women than National Guard’s COVID-19 mission support, and the work of other Guard units on the COVID-19 response continues uninterrupted.

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After two days and nights of rage in cities across America over the death of an unarmed black man while being held down by a Minneapolis police officer, a protest is planned Saturday in Colorado Springs.

The protest is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. outside City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave., and proceed through downtown. 

The Gazette will be on scene and providing updates throughout the protest.

Denver has seen unrest for two consecutive nights, protesters clashing with police, blocking streets and damaging cars and other property. However, Colorado's capital has not seen the looting the violence that has erupted in Minneapolis and other cities.

Another demonstration with up to 10,000 protesters is expected in Civic Center Park near the state Capitol on Saturday.

George Floyd, who was suspected of using a counterfeit $20 bill to pay for cigarettes, died after white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin restrained him by placing his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes on Monday.

Chauvin and three other officers involved in Floyd's detainment were fired on Tuesday. Chauvin was taken into custody on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Here are some links concerning protester activity over the past two days:

'This is about violence': Minnesota governor and Minneapolis mayor denounce protesters

Police deploy tear gas as protests in downtown Denver continue for second night in a row

Minneapolis cop charged with murder, manslaughter in George Floyd death

Protests send General Assembly home a day after Capitol vandalized

National Guard summoned to aid cities amid police clashes

Trump claims protesters are 'organized groups' that 'have nothing to do with George Floyd'

Denver protest of George Floyd death turns violent; 'tonight is a very sad night for our state'

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