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The East Precinct wall has come down (but now there’s a big fence)

With May Day passed and a large security fence now erected around the building, city crews worked at removing the East Precinct’s cement block wall Tuesday after nine months of the barricade at 12th and Pine.

CHS reported here on SPD’s announcement last month that it was beginning the process of taking down the protective cement wall added around the 12th and Pine building in the wake of CHOP.

Work was underway Friday on a new, tall, black fence rising outside the Capitol Hill precinct that SPD says is “temporary.” A department spokesperson said that full removal of the security installations would depend on “whether the building again becomes a target for arson and property damage.”

CHS reported here in August as the Seattle Department of Transportation installed concrete “eco-blocks” and a wire fence along Pine and 12th Ave, blocking sidewalks and crosswalks and obstructing bike lanes.

In addition to antagonizing activists, the wall was an eyesore and many complained about blocked sidewalks and safety issues related to the structure. Central Seattle Greenways documented the wall’s dangers for pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers here.

The Seattle Police Department said the barrier was necessary amid ongoing protest and arson threats after reclaiming the building following the CHOP sweep.

It’s not clear how significant those threats were — and remain. In the most high profile arson attack on the building, a 19-year-old was hit with federal charges for a fire started outside the building in August. That week, the barrier went up around the precinct. Later incidents were more like this October attack in which a handful of protesters were arrested after dumping trash over the barrier wall. Others have been taken into custody for what SPD has said was graffiti with paint and chalk on the wall.

Saturday’s May Day marches and demonstrations were followed by clashes between police and black bloc protesters on Capitol Hill though most arrests took place away from the precinct.


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Chloyal
Chloyal
14 days ago

“It’s not clear how significant those threats were — and remain.” Come on, the pictures of cementing the exterior exiting doors and starting a fire are not clear? The whole reason the East Precinct is there is the CD wanted police closer by and requested it…but that is a different story.

JCW
JCW
13 days ago

“Antagonizing activists”? Oh, come on. I get that you’re not implying the purpose of erecting it was to antagonize, but language matters here. The wall didn’t just appear for the hell of it. It was a target, night, after night, after night. Flaming items were thrown at it, and similar actions were taken at precincts around the country. The corner of 12th and Pine is STILL the epicenter of this misguided “revolution”. The dwindling number of trust funders still turning out warrants the walls removal, but don’t act like it wasn’t justified at the time it was put up.

Derek
Derek
13 days ago
Reply to  JCW

Cause and effect bro, you got it backwards. Police saw an umbrella and freaked out and teargassed citizens being peaceful. It became a target because cops were not ever working “for the people” but rather against. Don’t try to gaslight.

AnxiousOnlooker
AnxiousOnlooker
13 days ago
Reply to  Derek

Who is the gaslighter? The news has reported all along that the umbrella incident was from a standoff after police received intelligence, from the FBI no less, that part of the crowd was going to burn the building down. The fence seems like a compromise, to me.

JCW
JCW
13 days ago
Reply to  Derek

I invite you to read through this link. Bro:

https://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2020/06/07/timelines-of-police-responses-to-demonstrations/

Start at the bottom and work your way up. And tell me again that this was “peaceful”. If you don’t like the source, I’m happy to drop an entire year’s worth of actions and movements that are easily found all over Twitter.

richard
richard
13 days ago

Always refreshing to see SPD’s white nights in comment sections like these to come explain how the candle *really was* an explosive, the pink umbrella *really was* a threat, the wall *really was* necessary, and we *really have* always been at war with Eurasia.