A 24-year-old South Seattle woman was charged last week with third-degree assault for allegedly spitting in the face of a Seattle police officer during a downtown protest against police brutality and racial inequality. Just before 4 p.m. on Dec. 6, the 30-year-old bicycle officer was part of a “mobile fence line,” using her bike to shield…More
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Demonstrations in Seattle that followed recent grand juries’ decisions to not indict police officers who killed unarmed men in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City have cost the city nearly $600,000. Services, including planning for and providing public safety during the demonstrations, cost $585,970 from Nov. 13 through Dec. 2, leading the city to request organizers of marches…More
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, an official said. Two of the complaints relate to use of force by police and one relates to rudeness/professionalism, the office’s civilian director, Piece Murphy, said Tuesday…More
Mayor Ed Murray is not in town this weekend to personally oversee the city during street protests. But in an interview Friday, Murray said he was confident that the city’s policing strategy would be successful in his absence. “We have spent hours and hours, a significant amount of time, preparing our response and getting our policing ready…More
Hundreds of police greeted protesters at Westlake Center mall Monday night, blocking their access and keeping watch as they took to downtown streets to protest the Ferguson grand jury decision. The protest did not seem to hamper shoppers at the mall, unlike Friday night when Westlake Center closed early when protesters disrupted the evening’s activities….More
Sometimes it seems the weird news of the week has a theme. Music, pot and nudity came up a lot during the week of the Folklife and Sasquatch! festivals. Last week, for some reason, it was all about raw meat. But this week had no rhyme or reason. Well, OK. With Sir…More
Remember the sorority girls who relieved themselves in public? The president of the WSU sorority has apologized for what some members did in Coeur d’Alene awhile back, even offering to have the sorority do some community service for the city. Witnesses said drunken members of Kappa Kappa Gamma urinated in a park after they…More
MIKE BAKER The Associated Press Fifteen protesters were arrested outside a Wal-Mart store in Factoria as they called on Black Friday shoppers to consider how the retailer compensates its workers. Authorities said about 100 protesters who gathered outside the store Friday were asked to disperse, and those who remained blocking the street were arrested. Casey Hoag, a spokesman…More
One of the two suspects who threw rocks through the mayor’s windows overnight waved at his wife before walking away, according to a police report about the incident. The Seattle Police Department is looking for two suspects who threw rocks through windows of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn’s home in Greenwood early this morning, his spokesman confirmed….More
Today certainly wasn’t the only time protests turned ugly – be it intended or not – in Seattle-area history. Here’s a look at some of the more notable events:
Occupy Seattle: The downtown Westlake Park area was the focal point of days of protests in late September/early October of last year. There were dozens of arrests as the city grappled with the legality of demonstrators camping out in the public space. The local protest was part of a national movement aimed at making ecomonic policies fairer for “the 99 percent.” Big banks were a primary target.
Mardi Gras riot: A riot broke out in the Pioneer Square neighborhood on Feb. 27, 2001, when Mardi Gras partying turned violent. One person, Kris Kime, died of injuries sustained during an attempt to assist a woman being attacked.
WTO in Seattle: The meeting of world leaders in November 1999 resulted in a downtown curfew zone after vandals clashed with police and damaged property over a three-day period. A movie about the event starring Woody Harrelson, called “Battle in Seattle,” premiered in 2007. Estimates of the number of protesters ranged as high as 40,000. Police arrested 157 people, but they ended up being released for lack of evidence. The chaos resulted in the resignation of Seattle police chief Norm Stamper a few days later. (Archive: Seattle Times WTO photo gallery and map chronicle.)
The Rodney King verdict: During the early morning of May 1, 1992, about a hundred people were involved in violence downtown that involved broken windows, looting and overturning cars. The following night on Capitol Hill, there was more violence and damage, along with a confrontation between police and a mob outside East Precinct police headquarters. In all, 180 people were arrested, 149 of them adults.More