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Note the mostly black or gray umbrellas ca 2.41 like were used in Chicago. This is urban warfare-terrorism by unknown actors, who are now hiding under umbrellas. It’s planned and, based on the Chicago video, it’s highly organized, so calling it a riot doesn’t seem apt. In Seattle they set a Starbucks on fire and there were people living in the building, above. The County Sheriff had to send help and the Fire Chief – both of whom also speak on the video.
“VIDEO: Seattle police chief holds briefing on riots Saturday” https://youtu.be/xuxgHX_lSZ8
From the Seattle PD:
“Police Make Dozens of Arrests After Explosion Damages East Precinct and March Turns to Riot
Written by Public Affairs on July 25, 2020 11:39 pm
Seattle Police made dozens of arrests and 21 officers were injured following a riot in the East Precinct.
Around 2:15pm, two large groups of demonstrators gathered at Seattle Central College and Cal Anderson Park on Capitol Hill, before converging and marching south on Broadway.
Around 4pm, the large group of demonstrators arrived at the site of the King County Youth Service Center/Judge Patricia H. Clark Children and Family Justice Center, near 12th Avenue and Alder Street. Approximately a dozen people then entered a construction site at the facility, set fire to portable trailers and other equipment, and broke out windows on personal vehicles in the area and court facilities.
The large group then moved north on 12th Avenue, breaking windows at several businesses.
The group continued north on 12th Avenue until it reached the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct at 12th Avenue and Pine Street.
There, several people emerged from the group and began spray painting and attempting to disable security cameras and a fence perimeter around the precinct.
At least one person breached the precinct’s fence line. Moments later, a device exploded leaving an 8-inch hole in the side of the precinct.
Due to the ongoing public safety risks and damaged associated with this incident march, SPD declared the incident a riot and began issuing orders to leave the area.
The crowd threw bottles and balloons filled with liquid and shot mortar fireworks and tossed explosives at officers.
Police deployed less-lethal equipment, including OC spray, blast balls, and 40mm sponge rounds. Officers did not deploy CS (tear) gas.
Over the next several hours, a smaller crowd wound through Capitol Hill, continuing to throw bricks, rocks, mortars and other explosives at officers. As of 10 pm, police had made 45 arrests in connection with today’s riot for assaults on officers, failure to disperse, and obstruction.
Twenty-one officers sustained injuries during the day’s events. Most were able to return to duty. One was treated at a hospital for a knee injury.
Arson/Bomb detectives are investigating the explosion at the East Precinct.” https://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2020/07/25/police-make-dozens-of-arrests-after-explosion-damages-east-precinct-and-march-turns-to-riot/
From the Seattle PD:
“Chief’s Statement Regarding Judge Robart’s Temporary Restraining Order on the City Council’s Ban on Crowd Control Tools Written by Chief Carmen Best on July 25, 2020 10:01 am
I wanted to update you that early this morning, the federal judge overseeing the Consent Decree issued a temporary order halting the implementation of City Council’s recently passed legislation that banned SPD from using less-lethal crowd management tools that had previously been approved by the Court, including blast balls and pepper spray. By staying the immediate implementation of the legislation, the Court Order provides SPD opportunity to meet procedural requirements of the Consent Decree that govern revisions to policy and training.
SPD stands ready to continue its work with the DOJ, the Monitor, OPA, the OIG, the CPC, and members of the community at large to take the next steps towards re-envisioning how policing is done in Seattle. The events over the past two months have been transformative both locally and nationally, and offer a monumental opportunity to build on the work of the past eight years to ensure the continued momentum of reform.
In the spirit of offering trust and full transparency, I want to advise you that SPD officers will be carrying pepper spray and blast balls today, as would be typical for events that carry potential to include violence. This is consistent with existing policy and the Court’s order of early this morning. SPD promises the community that we will not deploy CS (tear) gas.
The Seattle Police Department hears the community’s message and stands ready to partner in moving forward. I implore all of you to remain peaceful and to encourage the peace of others.” https://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2020/07/25/chiefs-statement-regarding-judge-robarts-temporary-restraining-order-on-the-city-councils-ban-on-crowd-control-tools/