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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

November 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Ferguson demonstrators march in Seattle

Scores of protesters joined sightseers and shoppers in downtown Seattle on Friday night. Many of the protesters were demonstrating against the grand jury decision to not indict an officer in a teen's death in Ferguson, Mo. Westlake Center closed three hours early after protesters moved into the mall. Above, protesters gather on the top floor of the mall overlooking the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Scores of protesters joined sightseers and shoppers in downtown Seattle on Friday night. Many of the protesters were demonstrating against the grand jury decision to not indict an officer in a teen’s death in Ferguson, Mo. Westlake Center closed three hours early after protesters moved into the mall. Above, protesters gather on the top floor of the mall overlooking the Christmas tree lighting ceremony. (Photo by Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

For the latest on the protests, read more here.

UPDATE, 6:55 p.m. | Protesters have dispersed from area in downtown Seattle.

Westlake Station has reopened via the Third Avenue and Pine Street entrances only, according to Sound Transit.

UPDATE, 5:58 p.m. | Westlake Center has closed for the night, according to Seattle officers who are turning away shoppers at the doors. The mall was scheduled to remain open until 9 p.m.

UPDATE, 5:25 p.m. |  Protesters are at Westlake Center, where the tree-lighting ceremony is under way.
Police have arrested a total of five protesters, according the Seattle Police Department. Three protesters were arrested around 5 p.m. at Fifth Avenue and Pine Street after they allegedly assualted officers.The Convention Place Tunnel Station has reopened, according to King County Metro. The Westlake Station is still closed.

UPDATE, 4:50 p.m.. | Mayor Murray sent out a news release about the protests.

“While I understand the hurt and frustration that our city has experienced in the past days, this is a city that respects the rule of law,” said Murray. “I support the First Amendment rights of (protesters), but violence against property or police officers will not be tolerated in our city.”

UPDATE, 4:40 p.m. | Demonstrators marched back downtown for Seattle’s tree lighting ceremony at Westlake Center.

UPDATE, 4:20 p.m. | Protesters have been cleared from the intersection at Boren and Pine streets. 

 

UPDATE, 4:10 p.m. | A second protester has been arrested, according to a tweet from the Seattle Police Department. The police are using flash bangs and pepper spray. The protesters are also using pepper spray and setting off flares, according to police. 

UPDATE, 3:35 p.m. | More than 200 marchers are now headed west from 10th Avenue and East Pike Street, chanting “hands up, don’t shoot.” Reports are that they are headed back to Westlake Center.

UPDATE, 3:20 p.m. | Marchers are now at Tenth Avenue and East Pike Street on Capitol Hill. Reports of about 200 protesters.

Police watch protesters at Tenth Avenue and East Pike Street. (Eric Lacitis / The Seattle Times)

Police watch protesters at 10th Avenue and East Pike Street. (Erik Lacitis / The Seattle Times)

Jeff Switzer, spokesman for King County Metro, said the downtown bus tunnel was closed for about an hour because of the protest. Westlake Station remains closed “until transit police and the King County Sheriff’s Office decide it’s OK to reopen it.”

The day after Thanksgiving tends to be fairly busy because of shoppers and people attending holiday events, he said.

“Across the whole system we have reduced service. We don’t run as many trips as we do during the regular weekday,” Switzer said.

The Seattle Police are facing off with about 200 demonstrators on Boren and Pine. (Photo by Erik Lacitis / The Seattle Times)

The Seattle Police are facing off with about 200 demonstrators on Boren and Pine. (Photo by Erik Lacitis / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE, 2:50 p.m. | SPD reports protesters are now at Broadway and Pike. Expect traffic delays in the area.

UPDATE, 2:40 p.m. | The protester who was arrested earlier kicked and damaged a police officer’s bicycle, SPD tweeted. He will be booked into King County Jail for property destruction.

Due to activity around the Nordstrom department store, the company has closed some entrances to ensure “that we can keep our employees and customers safe,” a Nordstrom spokesperson said.

UPDATE, 2:30 p.m. | Marchers are now blocking traffic on Pine Street where it crosses Interstate 5, according to reports.

UPDATE, 2:22 p.m. | Some protesters are trying to gain entrance to Nordstrom at Sixth and Pine, SPD says.

UPDATE, 2:18 p.m. | Reports of protesters now at the Pike Place Market. Some demonstrators evidently chained some of the Pacific Place doors shut, according to an SPD tweet. Officers are working to get them open.

UPDATE, 2:10 p.m. | Demonstrators are now at Pacific Place mall and one person has been arrested, according to SPD tweets.

ORIGINAL POST | The Associated Press reported dozens of people in Seattle protested the grand-jury decision in Missouri not to indict a police officer who fatally shot a black teenager, by blocking streets and entering a mall in Seattle’s main downtown shopping district.

Police warned people Friday to expect traffic delays around Westlake Center. Early Friday afternoon, protesters shouting “no justice, no peace” entered the main mall area. They also blocked streets near Westlake Center.

St. Louis County, Mo., authorities announced earlier this week that Officer Darren Wilson will not be charged in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.

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