Prosecutors identify 3 people arrested Thursday during protest at Aurora home of GEO warden

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AURORA | The 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has identified the three people arrested by Aurora police at a protest in the southeast corner of the city last night as 26-year-old Kalin Gerrish, 21-year-old Sidney Farber and 23-year-old Colin Mcintosh.

The trio were among more than 100 demonstrators who protested Sept. 19 in front of the southeast Aurora home of Johnny Choate, the warden of a local U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility managed by The GEO Group.

Protestors affiliated with activist groups Abolish ICE Denver and Denver Communists held signs, chanted and chided police officers for several hours in the area near East Chenango Drive and South Himalya Street.

Gerrish has been charged with obstructing a police officer, Farber has been charged with disorderly conduct, and Mcintosh was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

All three suspects were released after being detained and issued summonses, according to the DA’s office. Mcintosh was briefly jailed, but released after posting a bond. 

“We do not support the Aurora police decision to arrest these individuals who were conducting themselves peacefully and conducting their first amendment rights,” said Christina Lafon, a spokesperson for event organizer Abolish ICE Denver. “They were charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, but that is a very vague term to mean people that the police just don’t like that they saw at the protest.” 

Lafon added that she believed the protest was a success and said that the group planned to protest more GEO Group employees at their residences and offices. 

In a tweet, Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz commended the actions of his officers during the protest. 

“What I saw tonight by many of you who protested in (a) residential community with children was vile and disgusting,” Metz wrote. “Aurora Police protects free speech, but your message was completely lost. You were out of your league. My cops were simply amazing despite your attempts to bait them into a confrontation.”

Lafon noted Metz’s strong condemnation of the protest as evidence of bias.

Aurora police are preparing for another protest beside the GEO detention facility on Oakland Street Sept. 21.

Mcintosh, Farber and Garish are due in court on different days in mid-November.