A crowd of protesters returned to the East Precinct Sunday night and Seattle Police reported broken windows and a fire that briefly burned inside the fenced-off building.
“The protesters broke out several windows of the East Precinct, then threw a device into the lobby that ignited a small fire,” SPD reported just before 6 PM. The fire was reported extinguished within minutes.
The crowd was part of groups reported marching through downtown and onto Capitol Hill through the afternoon. There was also reported damage at the nearby Amazon Go and a Starbucks. Thursday, the coffee chain was targeted in a day of protests around the city over the company’s funding of the Seattle Police Foundation. Later in the night, a 911 caller reported seeing someone enter one of the smashed-open coffee stores and make off with a cash register but we have not verified that incident with police.
Earlier at the West Precinct, there were reports of clashes between protesters and police.
UPDATE: SPD reported “significant property damage” and “at least a dozen officers” injured during the day’s clashes with demonstrators. SPD said there were two arrests.
Video from one incident shows a burning object thrown through the busted glass of a business. SPD said “a large, mortar-type firework” was the object thrown inside the lobby of the East Precinct.
The crowd was reported marching onto Capitol Hill on Pine at Boren around 4:15 PM before making its way to the East Precinct at 12th and Pine. After the clash at the precinct headquarters, the group reportedly gathered in Cal Anderson before dispersing without further incident.
In Portland, Sunday marked more than 50 straight days of protests in the city as demonstrators reportedly knocked down a fence surrounding the federal courthouse and were met with tear gas fired by federal officers.
Sunday’s actions by demonstrators in Seattle began with a march and protest against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement with groups reported protesting in areas across the city.
The incident at the East Precinct follows a week of relative quiet with daily marches and demonstrations continuing but no crowds at the scale of the weeks of occupied CHOP protests. In the Pacific Northwest, Portland has now become the center of protest activity as demonstrators and federal law enforcement personnel continue to clash in the city two and a half hours south of Seattle.
The East Precinct is operational again after SPD returned to the building following the July 1st raid and clearance of CHOP.
SPD reported there were no injuries due to the fire. We do not have information on arrests. Police also reportedly deployed tear gas on the protest groups after the reported property damage while others said they saw people throwing smoke bombs during the chaotic incident.
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