A 2-block radius of barricades closed streets around 12th and Pine’s East Precinct headquarters as a group of around 100 protesters converged on the area carrying torches and shouting at officers in an anti-police brutality protest.
There appeared to be no arrests and no significant injuries as the crowd bore kerosene torches and pulled signs, garbage cans and even a potted tree into the streets as they marched from the Central District to Capitol Hill. Police in riot gear manned the barricades around the headquarters. Temperatures were in the low 30s.
Merchants came out of their businesses as the crowd passed to set their signs back up and defend their storefronts. Some participants in the march followed behind to drag garbage cans and dumpsters back into place and out of the streets.
The march and protest started earlier Saturday night at 23rd and Union and had been announced previously via Facebook. Organizers called for the resignation of SPD chief John Diaz.
Following a stop at the barricades, the protest marched on side streets to Seattle Central to continue the rally.
The protest comes days after the FBI said it was not pursuing a civil rights case against former SPD officer Ian Birk in the killing of John Williams.