UPDATE 5/30/20 5:00 PM: :Flames, tear gas, and gunfire as crowds and police clash in second day of George Floyd protests in Seattle: Protests, vandalism, and police and rioter clashes flared again Saturday across downtown Seattle in a battle over police brutality after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis — Updates here
UPDATE 5/30/20 2:50 AM: A night of rioting and clashes with police carried into the early hours of Saturday after a larger crowd splintered into smaller groups and protesters were reported smashing glass and damaging buildings across the International District and onto Capitol Hill. Police in riot gear and deploying crowd control devices and tactics formed a strong, sometimes aggressively defended perimeter for blocks around the East Precinct at 12th and Pine and there were multiple clashes between officers and crowds.
Just after midnight, the Amazon grocery on E Pike was reported smashed into and there were reports of people trying to throw lit flares inside. Meanwhile on 12th Ave, a frequent target over the years of anti-police brutality and anti-capitalism marches was again heavily targeted by protesters as rioters smashed glass and vandalized the Ferrari dealership at 12th and Union. The sidewalk outside the dealership was the scene of one brutal SPD arrest caught on video. Seattle Police say seven people have been arrested for charges ranging from property damage, resisting arrest, and assault on an officer.
Brand new Amazon Go Grocery store attacked. Not much if anything appears to have been stolen.
— Paul Britton (@paulstorms) May 30, 2020
Another video of Seattle PD body slamming a protesting then giving them a ground and pound. This is major abuse. Do not let mainstream media lie to you. The cops aren’t being peaceful and inciting violence. This is America. #seattleprotest #JusticeForGeorge #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/Awj5RL7ocj
— DÆ (@daeshikjr) May 30, 2020
— Stephanie Nam (@stephanie_nam) May 30, 2020
— oxy . 🪐 (@YUNGSATURN_) May 30, 2020
#seattleprotest Bank of America, Washingron Federal and Fed Ex buildings had windows smashed, trash cans, barricades and debris throughout S Jackson #internationaldistrict protestors could be heard, "NO SMALL BUSINESSES" pic.twitter.com/WAVYyUA6K7
— Rick Bondurant (@ricbondo) May 30, 2020
UPDATE 5/29/20 9:40 PM: A protest described as peaceful but loud that crossed through downtown Seattle climbed up Capitol Hill Friday night with a group gathering near the East Precinct as a large contingent of SPD officers trailed the crowd. Seattle Police were barricading the area near the East Precinct at 12th and Pine. The Seattle Times reported broken windows during the downtown demonstration. There was at least one arrest made as the crowd headed toward the Hill. The protesters were last reported marching south — away from the precinct — on 12th from the Madison intersection. Meanwhile, another protest group of around 100 or so people was reportedly forming near the International District.
— conjurechaos (@conjureblue) May 30, 2020
— Elizabeth Turnbull (@LizTurnbull5) May 30, 2020
ORIGINAL REPORT: Seattle organizers are planning a protest against police brutality as clashes with cops and rioting in Minneapolis have continued in the fiery unrest following the killing of George Floyd.
Organized by Not This Time, “The Defiant Walk of Resistance Against Injustice” event is planned to start Saturday at 3 PM in Westlake Center:
R.I.P Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. There comes a time when the oppressed, broken and traumatized have lost so much and have been beaten down so much that your under the bottom. From the bottom where there is no more fear, no more worrying about your life and no more accepting the same o’l promises. When your left with no more options it’s fight to live or die! Join if your angry, full of tears, feeling hopeless we must be together at this time. Please Wear Your Mask and Gloves….
“This is something we haven’t seen before,” organizer Andre Taylor told the Seattle Times about the rally and march. “(The police officer) did it in front of a camera that he knew would be circulated around the world … Now that has triggered something different in Black people and communities of color. We’re going to see results.”
CHS reported on Taylor’s efforts to help pass Initiative 940 to change Washington state policy and reduce fatal police shootings after a sad string of killings 2016 and 2017 including Renee Davis October 21, 2016, Jacqueline Salyers on January 28th, Daniel Covarrubias in April, Tommy Le June 13th, Charleena Lyles June 18th, Giovonn Joseph-McDade June 24th.
In Minnesota, nights of clashes with police, fires, and looting have charred Minneapolis following Floyd’s death Monday as police forcefully took him into custody over a suspected forged check. UPDATE: Fired Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, the first black woman to lead the city’s department, issued a statement this week calling the video of Floyd’s death “upsetting, disappointing, and infuriating.”
“It does not show the policing we know. Policing is an honorable profession filled with honorable public servants. We are committed to protecting life and serving the community,” Best wrote.
Mayor Jenny Durkan, a former U.S. prosecutor, said police involved in Floyd’s death “should be investigated and prosecuted.”
“This is not just a Minneapolis problem,” Durkan acknowledged. “We must demand better than this everywhere in our country. It begins by acknowledging the reality of institutional racism and its insidious impacts, and then by working to eradicate it through broad cultural and institutional change.”
Earlier this month, Durkan’s City Attorney and the Justice Department began legal proceedings to end a consent decree placing oversight over Seattle Police. The federal consent decree that came out of an eight-month DOJ investigation of Seattle policing released in winter 2011 that revealed troubling findings about the department’s use of force. SPD’s overhaul included a DOJ-approved use of force policy.
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