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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

December 3, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Seattle protest targets New York grand jury decision

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Protesters stage a “die-in” at Third Avenue and Pike Street in downtown Seattle. (Paige Cornwell / The Seattle Times)

UPDATE AT 10 P.M.: Most of the protesters have dispersed. A Seattle police captain said one person was arrested for allegedly assaulting an officer.

ORIGINAL POST: A group of protesters is marching in downtown Seattle Wednesday night, protesting another grand jury decision involving a white police officer and the death of a black man.

The group gathered first at Westlake Park before walking to Third Avenue and Pike Street, where they staged a “die-in” by dropping to the pavement.

The group of about four dozen is protesting a New York grand jury’s decision to not indict a white police officer  in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man stopped for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

The Seattle protesters are chanting “Stop murdering black people.” They are also chanting “I can’t breathe,” which Eric Garner was heard to say July 17 when Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed him in a chokehold.

The protest has been loud, but peaceful, although traffic is being disrupted.

Nearby, a heavy contingent of Seattle police officers are maintaining a close watch on the protesters.

The city has seen several protests since Nov. 24, when a grand jury decided to not indict a former white officer in the death of a black unarmed man in Ferguson, Mo.

Related: Seattle protest leader felt called to the cause, not the limelight

Jerry Large: Deaf ears lead to sound of protests

Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Eric Garner, Ferguson, protest

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