On Saturday, protesters in Seattle organized a march in a show of support for protesters in Portland who have been attacking the Hatfield Federal Courthouse on a nightly basis. Much like in Portland, the Seattle protest quickly turned violent.
The Seattle Police Department is reporting that several officers have been attacked by rioters and that emergency crews are responding to reports of multiple fires, including one at the East Police Precinct. According to the Seattle Police Department, rioters are throwing rocks, mortars, and other explosive devices at officers, including bottles and balloons filled with unknown liquids. Demonstrators have also targeted businesses and police officers have made multiple arrests.
Individuals spray painting on East Precinct at 12th and Pine and attempting to disable cameras and damage fence perimeter around building.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 25, 2020
Officers investigating a possible explosive damage to walls of the East Precinct. Also reportedly some sort of explosives being thrown or fired at officers.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 25, 2020
Mortars, too.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 26, 2020
Crowd throwing explosives at officer line at 11th and Pine.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 26, 2020
The protesters also reportedly vandalized a Starbucks, a frequent target at left-wing protests.
Antifa ruined another Starbucks in Seattle. No doubt traumatizing the employees and customers. pic.twitter.com/AYPl3KffOc— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) July 25, 2020
Seattle Police say at least 11 arrests have been made and three police officers have been injured, including one officer with a leg injury caused by an explosive device.
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