#Blacklivesmatter protesters march to King County youth detention center

01.11.15

On Saturday, January 10th, #Blacklivesmatter protesters calling for police accountability marched from Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park to the King County Youth Detention Center at 12th and Alder in the Central District. The march was organized by an activist group called Women of Color for Systemic Change, and remained entirely peaceful without arrests or other incidents. The march shut down several intersections along Rainier avenue south and elsewhere where protesters discussed broader institutional racism and more specific issues such as gentrification in Seattle and the proposed construction of a new 210 million dollar Youth Detention Center. Many bystanders raised their hands or fists in solidarity with the march. Below are photos taken at the event.

Protesters gather at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park

Protesters gather at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park

Protesters gather at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park

Protest organizers and guest speakers talk prior to march

March moves West on Walker street

March moves West on Walker street

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March heads north on Rainier ave south

March heads north on Rainier ave south

Patrons of a nearby Burger King show solidarity

Patrons of a nearby Burger King show solidarity

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Passing driver on Rainier ave south shows his support

Passing driver on Rainier ave south shows his support

March heads north on Rainier ave south

Protesters occupy intersection on Rainier ave south

Protesters occupy intersection on Rainier ave southChild speaks about racial profilingChild speaks about racial profiling

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March passes under I-90 overpass

March passes under I-90 overpass

SPD attempts to keep march contained to one side of Rainier ave south

SPD attempts to keep march contained to one side of Rainier ave south

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Protesters occupy intersection of Rainier ave south & Dearborn

Protesters occupy intersection of Rainier ave south & Dearborn

Protesters occupy intersection

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Protesters hold silent vigil for 4.5 minutes

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Protesters move West on Yesler towards 12th

Protesters move West on Yesler towards 12th

Protesters occupy intersection of 12th & Yesler

Protesters occupy intersection of 12th & Yesler

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March moves north on 12th ave towards King County Youth Detention center

March moves north on 12th ave towards King County Youth Detention center

Protesters enter Youth Detention Center parking lot and march on main office entrance

Protesters enter King County Youth Detention Center parking lot and head towards the Juvenile Court

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Protesters kneel with hands up in front of SPD barricade in front of juvenile court entrance

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Later that day at Century Link Field where the Seattle Seahawks played the Carolina Panthers, several #Blacklivesmatter protesters hung a banner inside the stadium which said “the 12th man can’t breathe.” See Alex Garland‘s photograph of the moment here.

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