Among the Outsiders at Seattle’s #BlackLivesMatter Protests

Great piece by Casey Jaywork on the motives behind the local #Blacklivesmatter protests, Seattle racism, and SPD’s innate lack neutrality in this issue.

Casey Jaywork

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Michael Cook, a homeless man who wants police accountability.

“We’re protesting the militarization of the police,” says Michael Cook. He’s 40, homeless, and just finished delivering an impromptu speech to the small crowd that has been marching in circles around downtown for the past hour. “This situation with Michael Brown in Ferguson, and all these other types of situations where the police are getting blood on their hands and are walking away without a slap on the wrist—it’s ridiculous, man,” says Cook. “It’s ridiculous.

“Every person should be accountable for their own actions.”

The date is Monday, December 8. Early evening. Since droves of riot cops chased a handful of protesters off the street earlier, a second group has begun marching on the sidewalk, chanting “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and similar refrains. A row of bike cops trundles down the road beside them, their rear wheels spitting up rainwater…

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