A second day of protest in Seattle over the decision to not charge a Ferguson, Missouri police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown brought out a much younger crowd of students and organizers for a march from 23rd and Union across Capitol Hill to downtown’s federal courthouse.
“This is a peaceful rally and anybody that’s going to be part of this is gonna be peaceful,” an organizer shouted through a bullhorn as the march paused in the intersection of Broadway and Pine before continuing downhill Tuesday afternoon.
Many of the students protesting Tuesday called for a federal investigation of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the August slaying. CHS spoke with students from area schools Garfield High School and the Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences participating in the march. Seattle Public Schools said that more than 1,000 students walked out at Garfield Tuesday afternoon.
Monday night’s protests were mostly peaceful until later in the night when crowds pushed their way onto I-5 and tangled with police resulting in five arrests.
Tuesday’s rally and march was organized by the King County Seattle NAACP.
Monday night, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued a statement on the grand jury decision:
My message to the young African American men in Seattle today is this: While we do not have the answers today, we in this city are listening to you. Your city hears you. And your city loves you.
UPDATE 9:40 PM: A smaller group of around 75 protesters marched again from downtown to Capitol Hill Tuesday night. As of 9:30 PM, there were no reports of arrests.