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December 9, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Seattle police: Wrong person arrested after Monday protest

Police arrested the wrong person at Monday’s demonstration in downtown Seattle protesting police brutality after an officer mistook her for a suspect in an alleged violent incident at a demonstration two days earlier.

An officer working at the demonstration saw a woman he thought had interfered with an arrest during a protest Saturday evening, the Seattle Police Department said. The woman was arrested and booked into the King County Jail, where she remained through Tuesday afternoon, according to jail records.

Detectives investigating the Saturday incident determined Tuesday that the woman in custody was not the suspect, and contacted the City Attorney’s Office to clarify that she was not suspected of any crime.

According to the Oct. 22 Coalition Against Police Brutality, Emma Kaplan, an activist and organizer of the protest, was “specifically targeted and arrested by the SPD.” The Coalition said she was walking in downtown Seattle after the protest ended Monday night when she was followed, surrounded by police and arrested.

Though organized by different groups, both demonstrations protested police brutality in the wake of grand-jury decisions not to indict police officers who killed Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York. The Seattle Police Department has arrested 22 adults and two juveniles involved in multiple demonstrations since Nov. 24.

Police are looking for two suspects after they allegedly interfered with the arrest of a man suspected of assaulting an officer Saturday evening, when more than 600 people marched from Garfield High School to the Seattle Police Department headquarters. The alleged incidents occurred after a group of protesters broke off from the main group and continued west and north downtown.

A video of the incident shows police attempted to take the suspect into custody, when two other men and a woman pulled on the suspect while shoving and pushing officers away. Police arrested the original suspect and one of the demonstrators.

The Seattle Police Department’s Office of Professional Accountability has received three complaints in the past 24 hours in connection with recent street protests over police brutality and racial bias in the criminal justice system.

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