One person was rushed to Harborview and reported in critical condition late Wednesday after a clash with police and several arrests outside the East Precinct in a night of “count every vote” rallies and demonstrations in the city Wednesday.
UPDATE 11/5/2020 7:00 AM: Harborview says the patient is now in serious condition.
Witnesses say bicycle officers emerged from the East Precinct and along 12th Ave and set into a crowd of demonstrators just before 10 PM. The injured person was reported down on the pavement as SPD pushed the crowd back and Seattle Fire was called to the scene.
Seattle Fire tells CHS the person in their 30s was taken to Harborview and was in stable condition. The Stranger’s Rich Smith reported that the patient’s condition was listed as critical at the hospital.
Seattle Police responded to rumors on Twitter that a person had been killed, saying the patient had been “transported from 12/Pike for a medical evaluation following an arrest.”
UPDATE 11/5/2020 8:15 AM: Police said they were attempting to arrest the 30-year-old for property damage “when the suspect appeared to be experiencing a medical issue.”
“EMT-trained officers, who were already on scene, provided medical aid to the 30-year-old and called for Seattle Fire,” SPD says. Police said it was “unclear whether the medical issue was related to the arrest,” but that its Force Investigation Team is reviewing the incident.
UPDATE 11/5/2020 5:55 PM: SPD has released new information about the incident including body cam video showing the arrest. “SPD Force Investigators have learned the subject’s medical episode was potentially related to a substance the subject had ingested prior to police contact,” SPD posted in an update. “The subject was treated at the scene by a Seattle Police EMT, and was then treated by Seattle Fire Department medics prior to being transported to the hospital.”
Police say the person did not sustain physical injuries during the arrest.
Lawyers for the injured protester say their client is a trans male and he continues to be treated at Harborview. They are calling on anybody with video of the incident to come forward to aid their investigation.
“We are outraged at the libelous entry on the SPD blog related to Kel Murphy-Duford. Insinuating that he is responsible for the life threatening injuries suffered at the hands of the police yesterday,” a statement from the Stritmatter Kessler Koehler Moore law firm reads. “This latest unsupportable blog entry is designed to turn public attention away from police misconduct and towards a victim who currently is unable to speak or stand up for himself. Kel’s husband has provided this photo so that people can see what really is going on.”
The firm says Murphy-Duford has diabetes and takes insulin. The lawyers say they were already representing Murphy-Duford in a lawsuit against the city over injuries from police crowd control tactics sustained during a July protest.
UPDATE 11/6/2020 8:40 AM: He is now listed in satisfactory condition according to a hospital spokesperson.
11:28 AM: A fundraiser to help with medical expenses has been set up and was already near its $10,000 goal by Friday morning.
I'm hearing the victim is in critical condition. SPDs violence is disgusting and inexcusable, no one was being harmed until SPD showed up. Fuck @SeattlePD. You can see 5 cops pile on the unresponsive victim right after they attack#seattleprotests #seattleprotest #abolishpolice pic.twitter.com/WN8Cme8V1R
— Subpixel Alchemist (@MarcusKulik) November 5, 2020
In the minutes leading up to the clash, police said they had given an order for the protest to disperse after reported “destruction to property in the area, damage to police vehicles, and continued blocking of a major intersection.”
Police said six additional arrests were made at 12th and Pine for obstruction, resisting arrest, assaulting an officer, property damage, and pedestrian interference. One man was also arrested in connection with two previous felony cases, police said. According to East Precinct radio, one person taken into custody was carrying a firearm.
The clash on Capitol Hill followed a rally and march in Pioneer Square as demonstrators spoke out against the Trump administration’s attempts to meddle with election ballot count efforts across the country. Groups that have been demonstrating and marching on Capitol Hill nightly for weeks also gathered again Wednesday night in Cal Anderson and marched through the neighborhood before assembling at the East Precinct.
I am beyond surviving, I intend on thriving pic.twitter.com/YWoieSJ3Nr
— Alex Garland (@AGarlandPhoto) November 5, 2020
11/6/2020 9:00 AM: More arrests were reported overnight after protesters returned to Cal Anderson and marched across the Hill Thursday night. SPD reported at least two arrests after property damage at E Olive Way and Belmont. There was also a small fire set in front of the East Precinct, according to police.
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