Following the original permitted a #Blacklivesmatter protest that started at Garfield High school and ended with a sit-in outside the Seattle Police Department Headquarters, a breakaway protest formed and headed North through downtown Seattle. The march chanted, dodged SPD bike squads & cars, twice attempted to access the Alaskan Way Viaduct, and conducted a largely peaceful protest. Protesters were apprehended during the course of the march – SPD reported making seven arrests – and use of force was frequently employed via pepper spray, tackle take downs of protesters, shoving, and other forms of aggression. This reporter witnessed no property damage or physical assault of police officers committed by protesters. Below are photos and video taken during this protest.
“Who is paying you guys to be here?” asks SPD officer guarding Alaskan Way viaduct off ramp. Crowd laughs.
Photos of mine from last Monday’s protests over the #Ferguson grand jury ruling not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for shooting unarmed black male Michael Brown featured on the PubliCola blog at Seattle Met. March remained peaceful until clashes erupted between Police & protesters as protesters tried to march onto the I-5 freeway via an on-ramp. Read CHS blog coverage here, and watch video of the incident taken by me below.
More shots & video from the rest of last week’s protests coming soon.