Topic: May Day protests
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May 2, 2013 at 7:14 AM
Another kid finds a gun — and a sibling is shot. Happened in Auburn yesterday. The younger of the two, a 7-year-old boy, found a gun in a closet and shot his 9-year-old sister. She was hit in the leg. The injury isn’t life-threatening. Guns that should be put in places where kids can’t get them sometimes go off and hit other kids. This shouldn’t be happening, of course, but is still does. This could well have been a lot worse.
Another DUI death: A young woman is dead in a crash that may have involved drinking and driving. She was in the back seat of a car with five others when the car hit a barrier on I-5 near Sixth Avenue. She wasn’t wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the car. The State Patrol says the driver is suspected of driving drunk and could face a charge of vehicular homicide. KING5 has more information.
Yesterday’s protests, marches and mayhem: Police now say 17 people were arrested in the May Day messes yesterday. Number was initially 18. Windows broken, some cars damaged, some cops injured but not too badly. We’re glad that’s over. Did you follow news of the May Day events in Seattle yesterday? Vote in our poll.
Hot, hot, hot … well, if 70 degrees is hot for you. Weather looks great today and for several days to come. Enjoy.
Our ball club has won two series in a row. Whoa. Mariners make hits count in routing Baltimore, 8-3. Still, only 12,936 attended.
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April 3, 2013 at 7:16 PM
The Seattle City Council’s public safety committee will hold a hearing April 17 to discuss two reports critical of the Seattle Police Department’s response to last year’s May Day violence.
Councilmember Bruce Harrell, who oversees the council’s Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology committee, allowed only brief discussion of the reports during Wednesday’s hearing, saying the council had not had a chance to review the reports — one written by an outside consultant and the other written internally — both of which are highly critical of the Police Department’s planning for the event. The reports concluded that officers were confused over who was in charge and when they could use force to stop the violence.
Harrell said the reports were not placed on the agenda Tueday because the committee had not been told they were coming. Harrell has pushed for the reports since October, and in January wrote a letter to to the mayor wondering about the delay.
Chief John Diaz explained that the department was awaiting the completion of an independent review of the May Day incident by former Los Angeles Police Department deputy chief Michael Hillmann before releasing its own “after-action” report. Both reports point to failures in planning by commanders and mixed messages regarding the use of force to the troops.
The result was that police lost control of the streets for several hours, during which black-clad anarchists and vandals caused significant property damage to downtown businesses.
July 10, 2012 at 7:05 PM
The Seattle Police Department SWAT team and detectives entered a Judkins Park apartment of Occupy Seattle members early Tuesday morning with a search warrant to seize suspected evidence of May Day-protest crimes including vandalism, according to Seattle Police Department’s online blotter.
Detectives contacted the four individuals in the apartment in the 1100 Block of 29th Avenue South before entering just before 6 a.m., the blotter post says.
However, an Occupy Seattle spokesperson said in a news release that police charged in while all four residents were sleeping and threw down a stun grenade. That kind of grenade is non-lethal but its loud bang and bright light are meant to temporarily disorient the senses.
SPD says it was successful in finding what it wanted and that the material “will be useful in the investigation.” All four residents were cooperative with investigators and were released from the scene after being interviewed, the SPD blotter said.
Occupy Seattle activists said they were outraged by what was on the search warrant and started organizing a Tuesday night march to SPD’s East Precinct to publicize the incident.
About 50 people showed up at Westlake Park Tuesday night for a protest that looped around SPD’s East Precinct and ended at Cal Anderson Park. Seattle Times photographer Bettina Hansen live-Tweeted from the gathering. Though plenty of insults were aired toward law enforcement, the event ended peacefully.
May 23, 2012 at 5:41 PM
Several photographs of people suspected of vandalism and violence during the May Day protests in downtown Seattle have been posted on the Seattle Police Department’s blog. The department is asking the public’s help in identifying those pictured.
The posting, from Jonah Spangenthal-Lee, says detectives looked at hours of video and found faces of people they believe committed crimes.
While the police investigation continues, and detectives work to identify more suspects, they ask that anybody who recognizes any of the people pictured to call the SPD’s May Day tip line at 206-233-2666 or MayDay2012@Seattle.gov.
May 17, 2012 at 2:49 PM
Three people accused of assaulting Seattle police officers during the May Day protests pleaded not guilty this morning, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office:
Paul Campiche, 23, is facing two counts of third-degree assault for allegedly throwing a bottle at a police officer and kicking a second officer who was trying to arrest him.
Maria Morales, 30, is charged with a single count of fourth-degree assault for allegedly hitting an officer in the chest.
Robert Ditrani, 23, is charged with one count of fourth-degree assault for allegedly spitting on an officer.
A case-setting hearing for the three defendants is scheduled for June 7 at the King County Courthouse.
Earlier this week, a third-degree assault charge against Joshua Garland, who was also accused of assaulting a police officer during the protests, was dropped by prosecutors. Garland’s attorney provided prosecutors with video that she said showed her client’s innocence.
“After reviewing video provided by Garland’s defense attorney showing the alleged incident, prosecutors no longer believe they could prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt,” the Prosecutor’s Office said in a statement.
May 4, 2012 at 9:50 PM
The FBI has identified the dark-haired man (pictured at right) whom the agency had been looking for in connection with vandalism to the William Kenzo Nakamura U.S. Courthouse during the May Day protests on Tuesday, spokeswoman Ayn Dietrich said on Friday.
However other people involved in the attack on the courthouse at 1010 Fifth Ave remain unidentified, and the FBI is still asking for information that can help identify those individuals, she said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800–222-TIPS (8477). There is a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest, Dietrich said. If a caller’s information leads to an arrest and charges, the caller is eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.
Another individual, Cody Ingram was charged on Thursday with destruction of federal property.
May 2, 2012 at 4:20 PM
Ayn Saldalo Dietrich, spokeswoman for the Seattle FBI, said they are looking for information about the dark-haired man (pictured at right) who was dressed in a red and black hooded sweatshirt. Dietrich said agents would like to know who he is, as well as know about any other people responsible for damage to the courthouse at 1010 Fifth Ave.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800–222-TIPS (8477). There is a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest, Dietrich said.
May 2, 2012 at 12:45 PM
A 19-year-old California man arrested during yesterday’s May Day protests was charged Wednesday with unlawful use of weapons by the Seattle City Attorney’s Office.
Jack Tierny was arrested because he had a 4-inch hunting knife attached to his fanny pack, the City Attorney’s Office said. City statutes say it’s illegal to carry blades longer than three inches.
Because Tierny has no previous criminal history, the city will recommend a one-year continuance in the case, said Kimberly Mills, a spokeswoman for the City Attorney’s Office.
The city will wait to read and review the police reports on incidents that led to the arrest of two others during Tuesday’s protests and marches, she said.
A 26-year-old man was arrested for pedestrian interference around 5 p.m. for blocking traffic by sitting in the 400 block of Pike Street after police told him numerous times to move, according to Mills. He was released by a jail screener.
Another man, 28, was also released after being screened at the jail. Mills said he had been arrested for investigation of property destruction for writing graffiti on a street sign, a bus shelter, a newspaper stand and a mailbox. Mills said the 28-year-old has a local address and no criminal history and was also released by screeners.
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