At least a dozen officers injured, one rushed to hospital after Seattle protestors attack with bats, fireworks

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Seattle, WA- At least a dozen police officers were injured, and one taken to the hospital after rioters wreaked havoc on the streets of Seattle on July 19th. 

Protests began between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. near the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Pine Street. The protest quickly turned into a riot as people began looting stores and damaging buildings. 

The Amazon Go building was the more notably damaged building with windows being smashed and walls being spray painted. 

 Seattle journalist Katie Daviscourt tweeted: 

“Antifa Militants and Black Lives Matter rioters are breaking into Amazon Go Downtown Seattle, This protest has turned into a riot.”

Rioters then set their sights on a Police Precinct, smashing several windows, and throwing in a device that started a small fire. Thankfully no officers were injured in this attack, and it is under investigation.  

A path of destruction was left in the wake of July 19th’s not so peaceful “protests” as “protesters” went from Westlake Park to the Municipal Courthouse before heading back to the West Precinct. Two people were arrested outside the precinct around 5 p.m.

Rioters began throwing rocks, bottles and other objects at officers which resulted in at least twelve officers being injured, and one taken to the hospital for injuries sustained to the neck KOMO news reported.

This night of destruction has left behind countless dollars in damages, that will now fall on the taxpayers, but more importantly the officers who were trying to protect and serve were injured in the process. 

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This comes at Seattle officials are pushing to defund the police:

SEATTLE, WA – Responding to pressure from activist groups, seven of nine Seattle city council members agreed to a plan that includes defunding the Seattle Police Department by 50%.

Activist coalitions Decriminalize Seattle and King County Equity now called for a 50% reduction in Seattle’s 2021 police budget, as well as a 50% reduction in the budget for the remainder of year 2020.

In addition, the groups presented a proposal calling on Seattle to:

  • Remove Seattle’s 911 dispatchers from police control
  • Scale up community-based solutions to public safety
  • Fund a community-led process to “imagine life beyond policing.”
  • Invest in affordable housing

 

Several of the council members backed the above proposal in addition to the 50% defunding, but no council members said exactly where the 50% of funds removed would go.

As we previously reported, a seven of nine majority on the council means that defunding can proceed without the approval of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.

These ideas are not going over well with Seattle Police Department.

Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan told Fox and Friends that Seattle citizens would find themselves “plagued with crime” as a result of defunding. 

He spoke of how he saw a socialist bent on the council as dangerous to their constituents:

“The insanity and the unreasonable activism continued with the Seattle city council, where certain socialist-leaning council members have control of the public safety discourse in our city. 

“And the reality is that they have our entire reasonable majority of citizens of Seattle hostage by their activism….

“And this is a significant problem, where crime will rise significantly, and over half, if not more of the police jobs in our city will be eviscerated.” 

On the Jason Rantz show Friday, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best pulled no punches, calling council’s move “reckless,” and “dangerous.” 

She told the host:

“I think… the word ‘plan’ is rather loose here.  They haven’t got a plan.  All they’ve shown us, that they want to reduce the budget by 50%, I haven’t seen any real planning in that, and the real tragedy of doing that, you know, is that we will lose 1100 employees. 

“That’s 50% of our total workforce, because most of our budget is made up of our personnel costs.  And it would be a tragedy.  I think that it’s the height of recklessness for them to decimate the public safety of the city of Seattle without being thoughtful, and encouraging public engagement on this issue.”

When asked about the proposed civilian takeover of the 911 call system, Chief Best pointed out that already there is a system in place wherein “well trained” civilian dispatchers take those calls and “do a wonderful job.”    

Regarding the council’s idea of replacing police control with civilian control of 911, she added:

“I’m not sure what the council has in mind for that, but I can tell you the idea of gutting the police department and thinking we’re going to maintain public safety is absolutely the height of untested theory, and it’s a lot of political posturing, and we’re trying to really deal with public safety. 

“It just shows that they don’t know the facts.”

On the show, Best and Jason Rantz also compared the council’s proposed path to the “complete disaster” of CHOP.   

Best stated:

“It was a place where they were actively keeping police out of the area, and now we have our city council actively keeping police out of all the neighborhoods, and we saw the response and what happened when that happened:

“A complete area of lawlessness. 

“So this is really, I cannot overemphasize how critically dangerous this is for the people who live and work in the city. 

“I come out emphatically because it really is untested theory and other than the CHOP, untested theory, and it’s political posturing, and it is incredibly reckless.”

 

Chief Best told the host that she and Mayor Jenny Durkan are “perfectly aligned on this,” saying:

“Neither the mayor or certainly not myself wants to see this 50% cut be done without having great discussion about what public safety looks like in the future of this city and without including the community.”

Mayor Durkan herself describes her relationship with Police Chief Best as “excellent,” though she has called for $20 million in budget cuts to the police, the most from any department, as part of addressing the city’s $300 million budget shortfall as a whole. 

Durkan did raise concerns that an immediate 50% reduction in the police budget would mean “eliminating police response on all regards because the year is half done.” 

She is, however, in favor of shifting funds from police to social programs.

In a Twitter video message to the Seattle Police Department, Police Chief Best declared:

“I do not believe we should ask the people of Seattle to test out a theory that crime goes away if police go away.  That is completely reckless.  It’s an abdication of the duty every leader of the city swears to when they take their oath of office.”

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