Tuesday, August 14, 2012

"Riot of Denver Greeks" article - Breckenridge Bulletin, Colorado - March 13, 1909



Published in the Breckenridge Bulletin (Breckenridge, Summit County) Colorado
March 13, 1909

RIOT OF DENVER GREEKS

Denver. - Eighty-six members of Denver's Greek colony were arrested and placed in the city jail Tuesday afternoon following a terrific hand-to-hand fight between 300 Greeks and Patrolmen Barbiere, Clark, Wilson and Burghart, who had gone to 1749 Market street to arrest the owners of a gambling layout.

Battling with clubs and revolvers, the policemen rounded up 200 of the Greeks.  In response to a riot call, three patrol wagons, filled with officers, were rushed to the center of the Market street colony.  Owing to their large number the prisoners were sent to police headquarters in relays, each patrol wagon making several trips.

As the jail was not large enough to hold all of those arrested, more than 100 of the less belligerent were released by Chief of Police Armstrong upon their promise never again to interfere with patrolmen.



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