Police protest ends outside East Precinct office without incident

A protester argues with a police officer about trust.

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.

7 thoughts on “Police protest ends outside East Precinct office without incident

  1. TT Minor is several blocks south of Madison, and is surely in the CD (unless you’re a realtor, in which case everything is Capitol Hill).

  2. Of course, you know it is police property, and most likely you would get a ticket for theft should you try to carry it away!!! Really.

    Maybe there is a special permit, with a fee, for such labor!!! Plastic card with your fingerprint and pic.

  3. A mellow, tempered response to potential threat? I like it! Good job, SPD. The east precinct deals with a great deal of menacing, dubious and altogether unsafe behavior. I will take any opportunity to congratulate them for standing tall and proud while maintaining respect and public safety.

    Now be good people. This goes for the police, too.

  4. What threat? A college kid going on about his/her newly minted political theory?

    Now, that is danger.

    With the media watching, there is less chance of a cop riot.

    Also, in theory, officers are in charge, not poorly trained patrolmen.

  5. I think the word you’re looking for is “incident.”

    Incidence is, ” the occurrence, rate, or frequency of a disease, crime, or something else undesirable.”

  6. That is very sad to hear about Deaf or Hard of hearing was been shot by Officer. I believe that Deaf/Hard of Hearing people are not very safe from Police or FBI or else… Reason of Can’t hear what they said… Police Officer Should NOT KILLED them in no matter if harm or not harm… They should keep eyes on Deaf/Hard of Hearing’s Body Language Rather than focus on Weapons or without it…

  7. Great way to get someone else to see your point: taunt them, make fun of them, and argue with them. I’m sure that tactic will work well in the rest of these people’s lives. Keep us posted on how it works out for you!