June 24, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Police use pepper spray, arrest 6 in Capitol Hill disturbance
Six people were arrested on Capitol Hill early Sunday after Seattle police say a man failed to heed a police order to clear the street, a commander told him he was under arrest, and a group nearby became unruly.
Police used pepper spray during the arrests, which followed what police described as a “flash mob,” according to an item posted on the Seattle Police Department Blotter.
The confrontation began just after 1 a.m. near 12th Avenue and Madison Street, after officers say they ordered the group off the street. One man,25, allegedly stepped from the sidewalk into the street, walking directly in front of the police commander, clicking his heels and standing at attention.
The commander told him he was under arrest, according to the Blotter item. When the man was taken into custody, the crowd “grew agitated and verbally abusive,” according to the Blotter.
One man began to stomp on the top of a parked car, and after he refused to come down, police said, pepper spray was used.
Then the crowd surged forward, and a man kicked the commander in the knee, police said. That man, 24, was arrested on suspicion of assault.
Two others, a 30-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman, tried to pull the 24-year-old back into the crowd and were arrested on suspicion of hindering law enforcement, police said.
Two women, 29 and 22, were arrested on suspicion of pedestrian interference.
Before the confrontation, dozens of people participated in the “flash mob,” along Madison Street, 12th and 13th avenues, Olive Way, East Pine Street and Broadway, according to police. The Blotter item said police heard reports of people lighting fireworks and saw people knocking over road signs, dragging garbage cans into the street and banging on drums.
In addition, police said they saw some in the crowd put bandanas over their faces and some discussing breaking windows.
Some in the crowd may have been affiliated with anarchist groups, police said.
The incident occurred during Pride Weekend on Capitol Hill, where police had a strong presence.
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