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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

December 6, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Hundreds march in Seattle to protest deaths by police

FERGUSON - SEATTLE - 12/6/2014

Marchers hold hands up in protest at Garfield High School during a pre-march rally. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)

Update 4:53 p.m.: Police say three people have now been arrested.

Update 4 p.m.: A group of protesters who broke off from the main group continued west and north downtown. Police said some protesters began throwing rocks at officers at 1st Avenue and Battery Street. At least one arrest has been was reported and the ramps to the Viaduct were blocked.

Original post:

More than 600 people of all ages and races marched Saturday from Garfield High School to the Seattle Police Department headquarters downtown to protest police brutality.

The protesters chanted “same story every time, being black is not a crime,” and “no justice, no peace, no racist beliefs” as they march down the hill.

“As a people, we need to stand up and voice our opinions peacefully. No more war, shooting and killing,” organizes wrote on Facebook. “As young people, we cannot stay silent. We need to get loud and be heard.”

Organizers from Garfield High School and the University of Washington’s black student unions met with Seattle Police before the protest started at noon to ensure it would remain peaceful.

The main protest broke about 3:30 p.m. after a rally at Seattle police headquarters at 5th Avenue and Cherry Street.

See more protest photos.

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