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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

December 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM

‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters disperse after march downtown

Queen Pearl of Queen Anne sings the spiritual, ”The People, United, Will Never be Defeated,” at a protest against police brutality outside CenturyLink Field before the Seahawks game on Dec.14.

Update, 2:40 p.m.

Demonstrators have dispersed from City Hall. The Seattle Police Department says the entire demonstration was peaceful and there were no arrests.

Update, 1:53 p.m.

It’s Sunday, so officials aren’t at City Hall today. But Black Lives Matter protesters are.

After demonstrating Sunday morning and early afternoon outside CenturyLink Field, the group is on the move. First, in the streets of Pioneer Square, now in downtown and on the steps of Seattle City Hall.  Unclear where they will head next.

Update, 1:45 p.m.

Protesters have moved from the stadium area to Pioneer Square and onto South Jackson Street now. They are in the street, blocking traffic as they move.

Update, 1:10 p.m.

With the game coming up, the protest crowd had diminished to less than half what it was Sunday morning. Demonstrators remain outside the stadium on Occidental Avenue South.

Ticket holders were making their way past the crowd into the stadium.

Protesters remain peaceful and have huddled around those making speeches in the middle of the street.

Update,  12:13 p.m.  

The demonstration annoyed season-ticket holder Nate Madoulet, 33, of Bonney Lake, and his friends. Demonstrators’ chants were loud and clear in the friends’ usual pre-game party spot near the stadium’s southwest entrance.

“I’ve been coming here for 14 years — since the dark days. Why do they need to do this here?” Madoulet said. “This is our game. This is our day. They need to go somewhere else.”

Update,  12:02 p.m.  

Perhaps 75 people laid down in the street outside the CLink a short time ago, in a brief “die-in,” according to staff reporter Daniel Beekman. He said police, including some on bicycles, flanked protesters as they made their way into the street north of the stadium.

Some fans are yelling at the demonstrators, voicing their displeasure. Some, too, voiced support.

Among the signs protesters are holding: “The 12th Man Can’t Breathe,” a reference to the last words spoken by Eric Garner, the man who died after police on Staten Island held him in choke hold.

Original post  

With less than two hours until the Seahawks-49ers kickoff, a crowd of demonstrators at CenturyLink Field has swelled to about 400 people chanting, “Black lives matter, not just on the field.”

The demonstrators, there to note their outrage over the killings of black men by police officers in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City,  were not being welcomed by game-day fans tailgating nearby. Several shouted back, “All lives matter!”

The group started gathering around 10 a.m. and then grew. Around 11 a.m., the group peacefully marched up and down Occidental Avenue South.

A protest leader, who did not want be named, shouted from the front of the crowd, “If you rep the Seahawks, but don’t care about their black players, you are a hypocrite. You are not the 12th Man.”

Protesters chant as a crowd files into CenturyLink Field.  (Danny Gawlowski / The Seattle Times)

Protesters chant as ticket holders file into CenturyLink Field. (Danny Gawlowski / The Seattle Times)

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