Protesters arrested Feb. 20 at a Donald Trump rally at the Broadmoor World Arena appeared in Colorado Springs Municipal Court July 27. Prior to the court appearances of Jon Christiansen and Lawrence Stoker, approximately 40 protesters held a rally in front of the Municipal Courthouse. A series of speakers, including Christiansen, Shequan Smith, Chauncey and Charles Johnson, and Kevin Mitchell, addressed the crowd.
A press release provided at the event says in part, “We’ve watched CSPD pick and choose laws they want to enforce. We are calling for citizens to join us in a show of solidarity, support and rejection of oppressive policy.”
Attorneys for Stoker and Christiansen filed motions to dismiss the charges on July 23 and July 24, respectively. Dan Kay, Christiansen’s attorney, cited precedent of Denver’s move to dismiss charges of 320 George Floyd protesters on June 10.