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A half-dozen military helicopters flew low over parts of Denver Monday night as part of a security drill organized by the U.S. Department of Justice. Denver police said they were aware of the operation, but could provide no details.
The Rocky Mountain News also reports on further efforts by police to stock up on equipment to suppress potentially unruly protesters, including pepper-spray guns that fire plastic pellets filled with “power that’s ‘like a combination of cayenne pepper and baby powder,’” according to the manufacturer. The city itself is refusing to disclose details of its security preparations.
However, since other media outlets ignored that request, we will now tell you that the training was a collaboration between Special Operations Command, Denver SWAT, Denver Police and the Denver Fire Department, who were conducting terrorism training exercises and not training for the upcoming Democratic National Convention, according to the spokesman from Special Operations.