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Suspected protest vandalism hits Colorado Springs

Protest vandalism hits Colorado Springs

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - In response to President Trump's inauguration, some have taken to the streets to protest and vandalize property and people in Colorado Springs, are finding some forms of vandalism as well.

"This is something... you just walk by and just start going at it," Anthony Mitchell said.
Mitchell is referring to a large mark that looks burned into his truck fender. He found it after he came out of class at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

"Most likely, you know, different opinion in political views," Mitchell said.

Mitchell believes the burn is in direct response to two American flags hanging on his truck in honor of inauguration day.

"I wish people were a little more tolerant, you know around here, it's sad to see this happening anywhere in the nation," Mitchell said.

He believes it's going to cost about $200 to get the burn fixed, it's a price some say shouldn't have to be paid.

"In this country unlike so many others, governments can change without there being violence and destruction," El Paso County Republican Party spokesperson Daniel Cole said.

The damage, only a small piece of vandalism since President Trump's inauguration. On a national level, people have been seen breaking windows and lighting vehicles on fire in Washington D.C.

This behavior, Cole said, is what keeps people from speaking their true opinion.

"We all suffer when that's the case, because without a robust conversation about our problems, we're never going to make any progress," Cole said.

While the vandal's opinion is burned into Mitchell's truck, it won't stop him from waving the stars and stripes.

"I don't want to feel scared to feel threatened at all, I don't want to be intimidated by others.," Mitchell said.

Any vandalism to personal property should be reported to the police.

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