Topic: May Day
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May 17, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Three men charged with felonies in connection with Seattle’s May Day violence have pleaded not guilty in King County Superior Court.
Marcel Davis pleaded not guilty to second-degree assault and Joshua Irwin-Patterson pleaded not guilty to third-degree assault during their arraignments Thursday.
As the May 1 demonstrations turned violent, Davis, an unemployed 21-year-old with a lengthy juvenile criminal history in Spokane County, is accused of passing out large rocks to other demonstrators and hurling rocks at police, one of which struck an officer in the left leg, cracking her kneecap, according to charging papers. He has been booked into the King County Jail five times since October, jail records show.
Irwin-Patterson, 18, is an Olympia resident. As a large, hostile crowd moved from Fourth Avenue and Pine Street to Olive Way on May 1, an officer saw “a large baseball-size rock” hit the ground 10 feet away from him, charging papers say. That officer and another then saw a man — later identified as Irwin-Patterson — dressed all in black advance from the crowd, pick up the same rock and cock his arm back, ready to throw it, the papers say.
The officers yelled warnings to each other and Irwin-Patterson put the rock in his pocket and tried to blend back into the crowd, but officers grabbed him and arrested him, the papers say.
A third May Day defendant, Gerardo A. Hernandez, 18, pleaded not guilty Monday to third-degree assault. He’s accused of throwing a bottle that hit a bicycle officer in the leg during the melee in the 400 block of Olive Way, charging papers say.
May 16, 2013 at 4:44 PM
Recognize these guys?
Seattle police have released a collection of photos of suspected May Day rioters in hopes the public can help identify them.
In the wake of the May Day melee that ended with 17 people arrested and eight police officers injured downtown, Seattle police have been reviewing video, photographs and other evidence to investigate “all criminal activity” that occurred during the event.
The damage and arrests came at the end of a day of largely peaceful demonstrations promoting worker rights and pushing for changes in federal immigration laws.
Hours after that march ended, an “anti-capitalism” demonstration turned violent as demonstrators hurled rocks, bottles and other objects at police and storefronts.
To see the full collection of photos and video, click here.
If you recognize any of the suspects, contact the May Day 2013 Investigation Team at MayDay2013@Seattle.gov, or call 206-233-2666.
May 6, 2013 at 3:22 PM
Plans by self-proclaimed anarchists to fill a King County Jail courtroom failed to materialize this afternoon as three men accused of May Day violence appeared before a judge.
A post on the web site for Puget Sound Anarchists urged members to “pack the courtroom,” but the media far outnumbered others in the courtroom. However, about 20 people who waited outside the jail said they couldn’t get in the courtroom because it was packed with reporters and photographers.
Two of the three who appeared this afternoon were ordered to return to court May 20 for arraignment. The third, a 19-year-old unemployed machinist from Lynnwood, was released with no charges.
Some of the protesters arrested during May Day’s “anti-capitalism” demonstration are expected to be charged today with felonies. Five made initial court appearances Thursday, with a King County District Court judge finding probable cause in each of the cases for crimes of rioting, assaulting Seattle police officers or both.
Last week, the City Attorney’s Office charged six people with misdemeanor crimes in connection with the May Day violence.
May 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM
Seattle police detectives are working “feverishly” to find additional people suspected of May Day violence, Capt. Chris Fowler said this afternoon.
Fowler, who was incident commander for Seattle police during Wednesday’s May Day events, said detectives and prosecutors are working together to build cases against the 17 suspects arrested last night. So far, six have been charged with misdemeanor offenses by the Seattle City Attorney’s Office, while an additional five, suspected of felonies, appeared this afternoon at the King County Jail courtroom.
Police are also using photographs and video from May Day to identify additional suspects, he said.
Fowler, speaking during a media availability at police headquarters, said officers used the minimum amount of force necessary to respond to the vandalism and assaults that erupted during the May Day march from Seattle Central Community College.
He said officers followed their training and he was proud of the police response. “They did the job that we expected them to do,” Fowler said of police.
Of the five suspects who appeared in the King County Jail court this afternoon, three were released on their own recognizance.
The two ordered held include a 21-year-old man accused of throwing a rock that struck a female police officer on the leg. He is being held in lieu of $60,000 bail for investigation of second-degree assault and felony riot.
The second suspect was allegedly spotted by police preparing to throw a rock and is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail for investigation of third-degree assault and felony riot. Both suspects have previous histories of violence, according to court records.
May 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM
The Seattle City Attorney’s Office this morning charged six people with misdemeanor crimes connected with yesterday’s May Day violence.
Sebastian Harris, 21: charged with obstruction of an officer and resisting arrest; he was arrested at Eighth Avenue and Howell Street;
Gregory Husted, 22: obstruction of an officer and resisting arrest; arrested in the 400 block of Olive Way;
Bryanna Stader, 27: obstruction of an officer; arrested at Sixth Avenue and Olive Way;
Paul Novasky, 44: obstruction of an officer, failure to disperse and resisting arrest; arrested at Ninth Avenue and Pine Street;
Justin Gonzalez, 25: obstructing of an officer; arrested at Eighth Avenue and Pine Street;
Devin Bahm, 20: property damage and obstruction of an officer; arrested at Boylston Avenue and East Pine Street.
Resisting arrest is a simple misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine, according to the city attorney’s office. Obstruction of an officer, property damage and failure to disperse are gross misdemeanors, punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $5,000 fine.
The city attorney’s office says three others who were arrested posted bail overnight will be considered for charges at a later time.
May 1, 2013 at 10:26 AM
UPDATE AT 8 A.M.: Seattle police say the revised number of people arrested in May Day violence is 17, earlier reported as 18.
UPDATE AT 11:15 P.M.: Police say they aren’t expecting any more trouble tonight, but will be out in large numbers just in case. At an evening news conference, they showed some of the items that had been thrown: mostly chunks of concrete and bottles.
“I sure hope this doesn’t become a tradition, because this doesn’t reflect the best of Seattle by any means,” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “We’re a bigger, better city than this. I’m disappointed that this is the picture that the world sees of us.”
Raw video: SPD description of violent May Day protest
UPDATE AT 10:55 P.M.: Seattle police are reporting that there have been 18 arrests during the evening’s protests, and eight officers suffered injuries, mostly scrapes and bruises.
UPDATE AT 10:10 P.M.: Friends of the man arrested at Cal Anderson Park deny he was throwing rocks during the protest. They said officers grabbed him earlier in the evening, but he was able to slip out of his backpack. “He didn’t throw [anything],” said one young woman, who claimed she was pepper sprayed and hit with a baton during the march.
“For the most part, it was a peaceful protest,” a second woman said. Both declined to give their names.
UPDATE AT 9:50 P.M.: Police have made another arrest, this one at Cal Anderson Park. The man was suspected of throwing rocks at police. That brings the total to 14 arrests.
UPDATE AT 9:23 P.M.: Seattle police say one officer was injured when he was hit by an object that was thrown near Minor and Pine shortly after 8 p.m. The extent of the officer’s injuries was not immediately known.
A total of 11 adults and two juveniles have been arrested, police said.
A police official said officers began making arrests after they were pelted with “boulders,” rocks and bottles.
UPDATE AT 9:16 P.M.: Some people on Capitol Hill are cleaning up the mess left behind by the protesters/vandals.
UPDATE AT 8:56 P.M.: Protesters set up a blockade of overturned newspaper racks and trash cans at East Pine Street and Harvard Avenue. A lot of trash in the street.
Police continue to push the mob. Several windows on the Walgreens at Pine and Broadway have been shattered.
UPDATE AT 8:48 P.M.: A window at Pine and Broadway has been shattered as protesters head up Capitol Hill. The crowd has dwindled.
One protester is blaming Seattle police for inciting the violence.
Jordan Eisen, 23, who works at Seattle Central CC, called the police conduct absurd.
“They’re making this into a war zone when it’s not,” he said.
He said last year people the protesters sparked the violence. This year, the cops did it.
“If you’re in a crowd and you’re surrounded by police in riot gear you get defensive,” he said.
UPDATE AT 8:36 P.M.: The pepper spray and flash-bang grenades are moving the crowd onto Capitol Hill. A handful of additonal arrests.
The crowd of protesters is dwindling. Not a single Guy Fawkes mask in sight.
UPDATE AT 8:27 P.M.: Police are now using their public-address system to tell the protesters to disperse or they face arrest.
Raw video: SPD use tactical spray
UPDATE AT 8:22 P.M.: Capt. Chris Fowler, the incident commander, said police are deploying pepper spray canisters to disperse the crowd.
“It’s a safety issue,” Fowler said.
Crowd continues to head east on Olive, toward Capitol Hill.
UPDATE AT 8:12 P.M.: Police are now herding protesters east on Olive Way. Police using flash-bangs to move the crowd. Objects, including a skateboard, are being thrown at police.
Police continue to use pepper spray to clear the crowd.
UPDATE AT 8:06 P.M.: Seattle police say they plan to give the official order to clear the streets. Things could reach a head soon.
UPDATE AT 7:59 P.M. Police are making more arrests at Olive, between Fourth and Fifth. Police are also using pepper spray for the first time.
Raw video: Pushing and shoving
UPDATE AT 7:54 P.M.: The two men taken into custody were apparently assaulting a TV cameraman, police say. One was reportedly on a pogo stick (the protester, not the cameraman).
UPDATE AT 7:48 P.M.: Seattle police are making a couple of arrests at Fourth and Pine.
UPDATE AT 7:35 P.M.: The crowd has come full circle. They’re now at Westlake Park, where the “festivities” began this morning.
Still no arrests.
UPDATE AT 7:28 P.M.: Police say some are throwing metal pipes and other objects at windows.
UPDATE AT 7:25 P.M.: Group now at Sixth and Pike and Niketown, epicenter of last year’s violence when self-proclaimed anarchists — some wearing Nikes — broke windows. Heavy police presence there today.
Someone set off a flare.
UPDATE AT 7:20 P.M.: Crowd heading west on Pike over the freeway.
Police say the broken window was at Sun Liquor. A police source says demonstrators may have taken bottles.
UPDATE AT 7:12 P.M.: Even the superheroes got hosed with Silly String. Oh, the humanity.
Crowd continues to march toward downtown, although the marchers don’t seem to know where they’re going.
A window was reportedly broken at East Pike and Belmont. Still no word of arrests.
UPDATE AT 7:01 P.M.: The group has now stopped at Pine and Broadway. Heavy police presence.
Many in the crowd are unhappy with the media. A KING-TV reporter was doused with Silly String.
UPDATE AT 6:56 P.M: Marchers have left SCCC and are heading west along East Pine toward Broadway, possibly in a route that will take them downtown. Police say some in the crowd appear to be lighting flares or some type of smoke devices.
Someone set off firecrackers.
Thus far, no arrests.
UPDATE AT 5:33 P.M.: The rally at the federal building is breaking up and many people are making their way up Capitol Hill for what’s labeled an “anti-capitalist” rally and march.
It’s set to begin at 6 p.m. at Seattle Central Community College.The route of that march is unclear as organizers did not obtain a permit from the city, according to Seattle police. It was during last year’s anti-capitalist march that dozens of protesters wielding sticks, hammers and rocks went on a noontime rampage.
A large group of Seattle police bicycle officers were seen heading up to Seattle Central CC a short time ago.
Seattle police say there have been no arrests.
UPDATE AT 4:58 P.M.: Marchers are beginning to arrive at the federal building in downtown Seattle. The march is several blocks long so it will take some time for all to reach their destination.
Things are still peaceful, although some members of the crowd — generally people with bandannas over their faces — are taunting some police. The officers are not reacting.
The highlight of the march was covered by this SPD Tweet: “Brief disturbance earlier at 5th & Jackson between superheroes & clowns. Everything’s under control.”
UPDATE AT 3:25 P.M.: In what may be the first sign of potential trouble, Seattle police say they have recovered rocks and bricks possibly placed in advance of today’s May Day events. Police say the objects were recovered in the East and West precincts.
Meanwhile, police are lining the route as marchers may their way to downtown. Still peaceful.
Raw video: Dancers lead Immigration march
Raw video: Immigration march heads down Jackson
UPDATE AT 2:54 P.M.: Marchers are heading up 20th Avenue South on their way to downtown. Click here for more on their route.
Police continue to maintain a heavy presence. No reported problems so far. The mood of the marchers continues to be festive.
UPDATE AT 2:16 P.M.: During the second media briefing of the day, Seattle police Capt. Chris Fowler said things continue to be peaceful.
Still no arrests and no disruptions as speakers address the crowd at Judkins Park, where the atmosphere is festive. Hundreds of union members and pro-immigration activists are listening to speeches in English and Spanish. One person held a sign that read, “You can’t deport us from your stolen land.”
Among those in the crowd at Judkins is Seattle attorney Peter Ehrlichman, who is the deputy monitor overseeing a court-imposed settlement agreement between the city of Seattle and the U.S. Department of Justice. Ehrlichman said he was watching the event as well as the police response.
Spotted at the Judkins Park rally is the first of the predictable Guy Fawkes masks. More are sure to follow.
Marchers will leave in about an hour for the downtown Henry M. Jackson Federal Building, where police will maintain a heavy presence, Fowler said.
Marchers are expected to arrive in downtown Seattle around 4:30 p.m. Click here to read more on the march route. Police warn motorists that there will be rolling street closures as marchers make their way downtown.
Fowler said police planned for about 10,000 marchers, but it doesn’t appear the actual number will come close.
UPDATE AT 1:21 P.M.: Demonstrators are beginning to arrive at South Seattle’s Judkins Park in greater numbers in advance of this afternoon’s rally and march.
The rally is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. followed by the march to the downtown Henry M. Jackson Federal Building beginning at 3:30 p.m. Organizers say about 3,000 will attend the rally, with thousands more expected to join in the march.
The crowds are orderly and seem to be enjoying the sunshine. There’s music and food and a heavy police presence.
UPDATE AT 12:33 P.M: Self-proclaimed “superhero” Phoenix Jones has arrived at Westlake Park and is being interviewed by the media. Jones and other superheroes reportedly plan to be on hand in case violence breaks out.
Jones, who calls himself the “guardian of Seattle,” was criticized by police when he responded to violence at last year’s May Day by hosing down protesters with pepper spray.
But police seem to be a little more welcoming this year. On a May Day post this morning in the department’s online blotter, police urged citizens to “come on down and revel in your First Amendment rights, show off your flashy superhero costume, or just hang out and enjoy the crowds.”
UPDATE AT 12:07 P.M.: Police plan to ensure May Day protests are orderly and will make arrests if anyone resorts to violence, Capt. Chris Fowler said during a media briefing this afternoon at Westlake Park. So far there have been no arrests, he said.
He said police plan to stress safety and will deal with protesters on a “case-by-case basis” if they block the streets.
Thus far, things have been orderly and going according to plan, he said. He reported no serious problems.
Raw video: SPD briefs media at Wesltake Park
During the briefing, one profane protester tried to shout out police, but Fowler continued speaking to the media through the din.
Police plan another briefing later in the day.
Meanwhile, at least one anti-anarchist stood in Westlake Park arguing with a protester. A few protesters dressed as clowns arrived on bicycles, took a few spins around the park and then headed off.
UPDATE AT 11:42 A.M.: Several demonstrators used colored chalk to write messages on the Westlake Park pavement.
They included a peace sign, several anarchy symbols and the message in pink chalk to “film the police.”Meanwhile, police plan their first media briefing of the day at noon at Westlake Park. We’ll update this post as soon as the briefing begins.
ORIGINAL POST: There are more reporters than protesters gathered this morning at the first of several planned May Day events.
An anarchist group calling itself the Salish CIRCA (Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army) invited others to appear at 10 a.m. at Westlake Park dressed as clowns. Early on, only a couple of teenagers wearing gas masks had appeared at Westlake.
City park rangers, private security and a few Seattle police bicycle and mounted patrol officers were also at Westlake.
About a dozen May Day activists mocked the police and uttered profanities along with vague references to “corporate America” and the “corporate media.” Predictably, some wore hooded sweatshirts and covered their faces with bandanas. Clothing in basic black appeared to be the uniform of the day.
“We pay them to … arrest us,” one man told the crowd. “We pay them to pepper spray us.”
The officers responded by calmly sipping coffee.
Seattle police Capt. Chris Fowler, who is overseeing this year’s May Day planning, will brief the media at noon at Westlake Park.
Fowler earlier said he has been given a clear directive from police brass: Allow peaceful marchers to exercise their free-speech rights but be prepared to arrest people who commit crimes against people or property.
That message got muddled a year ago, when planning didn’t begin until a week before May Day and officers were sporadically deployed, with conflicting messages regarding when they could use force to stop violence. As a result, police found themselves undermanned when dozens of violent protesters broke away from a midday march, smashing windows at the William Kenzo Nakamura U.S. Courthouse, businesses and cars in the downtown core.
While no one was hurt, the business-oriented Downtown Seattle Association (DSA) called for a thorough review of the police response.
This year, police are preparing for a 1:30 p.m. rally at Judkins Park in South Seattle, followed by a march to the downtown Henry M. Jackson Federal Building beginning at 3:30 p.m. Police expect about 10,000 people to participate in what is being billed as the 13th annual May Day march for worker and immigrant rights.
What is likely to be a smaller demonstration, labeled an “anti-capitalist” rally and march, is set to begin at 6 p.m. at Seattle Central Community College. The route of that march was unclear Monday as organizers did not obtain a permit from the city, according to Seattle police.
It was during last year’s anti-capitalist march that dozens of protesters wielding sticks, hammers and rocks went on a noontime rampage.
The Downtown Seattle Association is confident that police have learned lessons, said James Sido, the association’s public-relations manager.“We do feel SPD has a solid road map how proceed in these situations,” Sido said, predicting better communication and organization.
Raw video: A few gas masks at Westlake Park
Raw video: Scene at Westlake Park, 10:40 a.m.
May 1, 2013 at 6:51 AM
Man killed in South Seattle early this morning: Seattle police report that the man was killed in his car near Rainier Avenue South and South Austin Street around 1 a.m.
Dang chilly this morning, but don’t give up hope. We’re in for some great sunny and hot weather later today through the weekend, maybe even getting to the 80s. OK, maybe just the upper 70s, but we’ll take that!
May Day mayhem: A new year, a new May Day. Let’s hope it’s not like last year when we had the riot and destruction in downtown Seattle by anarchists, et al, during demonstrations. Rallies and marches are scheduled again this year. Police say they have doubled their forces downtown in anticipation of any trouble. We’ll have reporters out there reporting the news. Be aware that traffic could get messy because streets will be closed for marchers.
If you haven’t had your fill of Amanda Knox news, that TV interview we mentioned yesterday was last night: She said her experience was surreal and ‘could have happened to anyone.’
He tried to poison her in her sleep? A grad student at WSU was arrested after reportedly attempting to poison his wife while she slept, says the Whitman County sheriff’s office. The wife reported he tried to kill her on March 27 in their home in Uniontown, about 15 miles south of Pullman. We don’t have the details, but we are curious how one attempts to poison someone while they’re sleeping.
The old Ballard many knew and loved is fast disappearing as evidenced by the coming demise of the Viking Tavern. Another last call in Ballard.
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April 2, 2013 at 5:38 PM
An independent review of the violence that rocked Seattle’s business core during last year’s May Day protests is critical of the department’s planning for the event and said officers on the street were confused over who was in charge and when they could use force to stop the violence.
The report, released today and authored by Michael Hillmann, former deputy chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, said officers were universally critical of the actions of Assistant Chief Mike Sanford, who rushed into the crowd in shirtsleeves to make an arrest and then had to be rescued. Hillmann said everyone interviewed said Sanford’s actions resulted in his rescuers having to use force against the protesters to extricate him.
Sanford was lauded, however, for his foresight in creating initiatives on crowd-control planning — contained in the department’s “20/20 Vision” reform plan — that Hillman found unprecedented and refreshing. At the same time, the department failed to integrate those initiatives during the May Day response, leaving officers confused and incident command “unclear.” Hillmann’s report makes 38 recommendations.
A number of officers interviewed also expressed concerns that their actions and tactics were under the microscope of the Department of Justice, which at the time had determined the department’s officers routinely engaged in excessive use of force. The police department was involved in testy negotiations with the DOJ at the time.
Hillmann pointed out, remarkably, that the SPD rank-and-file had not received any crowd-management tactics training since the 1999 World Trade Organization protests.
Hillmann’s report was critical of the incident commander, Capt. Joe Kessler, who the report found was not adequately involved in the planning of the response he was directing. Troops complained that he and Sanford gave conflicting statements during roll-calls regarding the use of force and, particularly, the use of pepper spray during the incidents.
Thousands of protesters and marchers crowded the downtown core during the height of the incident, including “Black Bloc” anarchists who broke windows, threw firebombs and vandalized the Kenzo Nakamura U.S. District Courthouse.
Hillmann concluded the SPD lost control of the streets and the events of that afternoon were “not a shining example of successful crowd control management and protection of property.”
“The ‘mayhem’ that resulted during the morning significantly damaged the credibility of the Police Department with the community because of the ‘appearance of inability’ to protect the downtown,” Hillmann wrote.
August 1, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Two Portland residents say they will appear before a federal grand jury in Seattle Thursday in an investigation of anarchist activity, according to a statement they released on Wednesday.
Grand jury subpoenas have also been served to activists in Olympia and Seattle who may be connected to an ongoing investigation of May Day vandalism, according to the Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, which identifies itself as an association of progressive lawyers. In a statement, the guild urged the U.S. Attorney’s Office to drop the subpoenas out of suspicion they were being used “as a pretext for harassing political activists.”
Of primary concern to the guild has been the seizure of political literature from those subpoenaed, said guild spokesman Neil Fox.
“It concerns us any time there are law-enforcement raids that target political literature, first amendment-protected materials,” Fox said. “There’s a chilling effect these things have on people.”
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Washington has sealed all legal documents concerning the subpoenas and search warrants issued to seize evidence and provided no comment on the investigation.
Two weeks before a heavily armed, July 25 FBI raid that Dennison Williams and Leah-Lynne Plante said took place at their Portland home, the Seattle Police Department SWAT team seized evidence connected to the May Day investigation from a Judkins Park apartment of Occupy Seattle members.
In both cases, those searched told media that law-enforcement charged into their homes early in the morning and used a stun grenade, a non-lethal object that creates a disorienting loud bang and bright light.
SPD’s online blotter said detectives involved in the Seattle evidence seizure contacted four individuals in the apartment on the 1100 Block of 29th Avenue South before entering. The blotter item said SPD was successful in finding what it wanted and that the material “will be useful in the investigation.”
Williams told The Oregonian that the FBI took his laptop computer, cell phone, two thumb drives, multiple pieces of black clothing, and a T-shirt that read on the front “Multi Death Corporations.”
Wednesday night, activists unfurled banners in downtown Seattle “sporting a message about grand juries and witch hunts, and an anarchist symbol,” according the SPD blotter. A man and woman were arrested for releasing a home-made smoke bomb down on Third Avenue near Pine Street, but were later released after police interviewed them at the West Precinct.
May 4, 2012 at 11:12 AM
At least half of Seattle residents approve of the way the mayor and police handled the May Day protests that erupted in violence in downtown Seattle Tuesday, according to a KING-TV poll conducted Wednesday.
Half of residents said they approved of how Mayor Mike McGinn handled the protests (35 percent disapproved) and 56 percent approved of the police department’s actions (31 percent disapproved).
But the mayor didn’t get a bump in his overall approval ratings, according to the poll. Forty-nine percent of respondents said they disapprove of the job the mayor is doing in office compared with 32 percent who said they approve and 19 percent who said they weren’t sure.
The survey of 500 Seattle adults was conducted for KING-TV news on Wednesday by SurveyUSA. The margin of error ranged from plus or minus 4.2 percent to plus or minus 4.5 percent.
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