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February 27, 2012 at 8:01 PM

10 protesters against police arrested at Seattle City Hall

Protesters hang a banner off the 7th-floor balcony of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's office. (Greg Gilbert / Seattle Times)

About 10 protesterscalling for the resignation of Seattle Police Chief John Diaz were arrested outside Mayor Mike McGinn’s office at City Hall on Monday. The protesters linked arms and refused to leave when police told them the building closed at 6 p.m.

Another group of about 20 protesters left the building peacefully, but continued to chant on the sidewalk outside as the others were into police vans and driven to jail.

The protest came on what would have been the 52nd birthday of John T. Williams, a First Nations woodcarver who was killed by Seattle police officer Ian Birk in August 2010. A large ceremony to erect a memorial totem pole in Williams honor was held Sunday.

“The totem pole was a nice gesture, but it didn’t change policy and it didn’t make the murder of John T. Williams OK,” said protester Devin Hollingsworth, a Native American and Seattle Central Community College student.

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