A protest of approximately 30 people gathered at Seattle Central Community college at noon Friday in response to the killing of John T. Williams by Seattle police officer Ian Birk and ended without incident unlike a similar protest in April where light-bulbs filled with red paint were thrown at mounted police officers.
Despite two protesters’ repeated attempts to argue with police officers on the scene and another protester’s comment that he “hoped to see some brick throwing,” protesters kept a safe distance from the 20 or fewer officers on horseback or bicycles and there were no threats of violence.
A protester who said he is an employee of Seattle Public Schools claimed Capitol Hill elementary school T.T. Minor would not have been closed or leased to a private school if the city didn’t have to pay police officer salaries. Protesters asked how much money the city was spending on police presence for the demonstration. Officers did not respond to the taunts.
A protestor passing out leaflets said the purpose of the protest was to continue the dialogue about the August 30th killing of Williams, a 50-year-old homeless man.
“It’s important people keep talking about this,” she said. “People are allowed to feel rage about this.”
The event ended with a march to the East Precinct SPD office at 12th Avenue and Pine Street. Protesters dissipated around 2 p.m.