Police: ‘Roving band” of 150 people smashed windows, stole merchandise, and set fires to multiple businesses in Seattle

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SEATTLE, WA– On Wednesday night, a loud, destructive, roving band of about 150 people broke into several Seattle businesses where they destroyed property and set fire to merchandise.

According to KOMO News, this group of 150 people first gathered at Cal Anderson Park around 9 p.m. Once all together, they started to roam around the Capitol Hill neighborhood, doing massive amounts of property damage, looting, shooting fireworks, and committing arson.

Allegedly, individuals from the group broke the windows of a business in the 1400 block of East Olive Way and then started a fire inside the two story commercial building. According to the police, Seattle firefighters extinguished the blaze and no injuries were reported.

After that, the loud, destructive group made its way to the 1500 block of 11th Avenue, breaking more windows of various businesses along the way. Once the windows were broken, some people in the group stole merchandise, put it in the middle of the street, and then lit it on fire.

One local business, Likelihood Seattle, a store that sells men’s and women’s shoes, said their store was hit by the group. Their store is located at 1101 East Union Street. 

The group then made its way to Broadway and Madison Street where different individuals used baseball bats and pipes to break all the windows at a Whole Foods store.  They threw fireworks into the store and then began looting.

A group of about 150 people roamed about the Capitol Hill neighborhood, doing massive amounts of property damage, looting, shooting fireworks, and committing arson, according to police reports.

Posted by KEPR Action News on Thursday, July 23, 2020

After that, the loud, destructive group headed to the area of Summit and Madison where they chose to damage property at two different banks. After that, the group left the banks and made their way back to Cal Anderson Park where they then dispersed. 

According to reports, no arrests were made and no officers were injured.

In addition to Wednesday night’s destructive protests in Seattle, another protest on Sunday night turned destructive.  During this protest, 12 officers were injured, businesses and police precincts were damaged, and two arrests were made.

According to Kiro7 News, the protest began around 10:30 a.m. as a peaceful demonstration calling for the abolition of federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was taking place at Westlake Park.

Around 1:30 p.m., approximately three hours into the peaceful protest, police said that a secondary group of demonstrators seen carrying baseball bats joined in the protest. According to police, the group marched on 5th Avenue toward the Seattle Police Department (SPD) headquarters and damaged businesses along the way.

According to reports, the group damaged the old federal courthouse building, graffitied the SPD headquarters, and graffitied and broke windows at the Municipal Court building. After that, the destructive group went north on 3rd Avenue and continued to damage businesses along that route. 

In a news conference, Sgt. Lauren Truscott said:

“Individuals in the group appeared to target Starbucks and Amazon.”

Police then said that the group made their way to the department’s West Precinct where they confronted officers outside of the building. Truscott said that members of the group lit mortar-type fireworks and threw them at officers from a close range, injuring 12 officers.

Truscott said that one of the injured officers was taken to Haborview Medical Center after a fragmentation entered his throat and neck area. According to reports, the other injured officers were assessed and treated at the precinct.

Truscott said that officers used blast balls and pepper spray against the protestors, but no tear gas was used and two people were arrested. The group then left the West Precinct and headed toward the East Precinct, again continuing to damage businesses along the way.

At the East Precinct, police said that the group broke windows and threw some type of pyrotechnic item into the lobby of the precinct, which started a small fire. The fire was put out and no injuries were reported. 

Truscott said police received reports of looting from some of the damaged stores and she said in a statement:

“The group appeared to be well organized and well-orchestrated and acted in a joint effort to target specific businesses and government buildings.”

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms is conducting follow-up investigations related to the arson and fireworks that were present at both of these destructive protests. Detectives with SPD will be investigating the reported property damage and looting incidents. 

SPD requests that anyone with any information related to these incidents to contact them.

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Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today on the destructive protests happening in Seattle:

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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