Casey Jaywork’s coverage of Seattle’s #Ferguson protests and shut down of Black Friday, photo of mine featured. More photography and video will soon be posted.
From 1pm until 6pm today, about 200 protesters marched around downtown and Capitol Hill in Seattle. Trying to disrupt the Black Friday shopping spree in order to attract attention to racist policing, the crowd shut down traffic on streets as they moved through them and ultimately managed to “shut down” festivities at Westlake Center mall. At least one man was arrested, and during a tense standoff above I-5 police deployed flash-bang grenades.
You can see a play-by-play on my Twitter feed.
The march was one in a series that have erupted after news on Monday that Darren Wilson, a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri who shot to death unarmed black teen Michael Brown, will not face charges for Brown’s death. (See Ezra Klein’s take on what actually happened here and here.) In the months since Brown’s death the case has become a national symbol for institutional racism in…
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