Police, some wearing riot gear and carrying crowd control weaponry, swarmed a roving Pride weekend march/dance party on Broadway early Sunday morning. At least one person was taken into custody near Broadway and John after police moved in when the male and others tried to reportedly damage an ATM and move a street barricade into the road to block a phalanx of SPD cruisers that had been following the more-than-100 person crowd just after midnight.
This was not the first time a “flash mob” has developed around Pike/Pine on Pride Saturday night. Last year, a crowd of about 300 also marched through Pike/Pine and onto Broadway. In 2010, too, a bank was among some of the targets for damage.
Earlier Saturday night as the roving crowd circled Pike/Pine with boombox dance music blaring and people having mostly a good time, SPD began to get reports of at least one assault associated with the crowd in which a woman was reportedly injured. A large window at the Seattle Maserati and Ferrari dealership at 12th and Union was also smashed out and there were attempts to damage car windows along the wandering crowd’s route.
Below is a report and video from one eyewitness of what happened when the marchers reached Broadway and John and the police moved in:
Seconds after the video, an anarchist whom had just taken a pick axe to an ATM threw a white plastic barricade at one of the police cars. The police stop their vehicles and run after the anarchist with billy clubs, tazers and guns and tackle him on the corner of Broadway and E Olive. There was about 4 police officers hold the guy down, with 3-4 riot police with tazers pointed at the crowd. With all of the recent events with the Seattle Police, who wouldn’t record whats happening. As I was walking toward the sidewalk, with camera (phone) in hand, a cop with full riot gear on, pulls a laser guided tazer at me and says quote “Not a good time, not a good time”. Here is what I recorded. I know it doesn’t exactly show up in the next video, but I swear by everything dear to me, it definitely happened.
The Stranger also has a picture from the scene. There was a report that an ATM at the nearby US Bank was damaged but CHS saw no evidence of that earlier this morning. Of course, we also found the window on 12th Ave at the Ferrari dealership already replaced and mostly unnoticeable.
The assault and increased damage compared to last year’s march and the heavy police response come after ongoing incidents involving self-proclaimed anarchists targeting banks and businesses on Broadway to spread messages of protest and inflict damage.
We’ll continue to update as we learn more. If you were a witness or part of the crowd, let us know what you saw.