Reports: Seattle rioters arrested after throwing firebombs, trying to destroy detention facilities

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SEATTLE, WA – Those “peaceful protesters” started early in Seattle on Saturday, with a riot being declared well before dark.

Around 1,000 people gathered at Seattle Central College in Capitol Hill near East Pine Street and Broadway to join in “solidarity” with the riots occurring in Portland.

The group marched past the now famous Seattle Police East Precinct blocks from the school. 

Part of the precinct is adorned with fresh damage from explosives. Police have reportedly used chemical agents to disperse the crowd, which only partially accomplished the goal. 

Perhaps this is because rioters have become quite organized, carrying gas masks with them.

Currently, police and rioters are at a standoff outside of the East Precinct. Several arrests have allegedly been made.

Additionally, part of the group made their way west to the King County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Local KOMO news reported:

“A demonstrator threw some sort of incendiary device into a window of a construction trailer at the site on East Jefferson Street and 12th Avenue, causing the trailer to catch on fire.”

The Seattle Fire Department reported that five trailers were set ablaze. The trailers were for the Detention Facility, which is currently under construction. To get to the trailers, rioters had to break through an erect fence.

Protesters were heard shouting:

“No new youth jail!”

Additionally, groups of people were seen busting out windows to the Detention Facility, and the vehicles around it.

Reporters have shown the massive amount of garbage left behind by these progressive rioters.

Live footage from behind police lines shows chaos ensuing from rioters who are refusing to disperse. They can be seen throwing things at officers as well as busting out windows.

Chants can be heard, including:

“Hands up, don’t shoot,”

and:

“Nazi’s go home,”

and:

“You should be ashamed!”

So far there are reports of three officers injured, one taken to the hospital.

While the chaos reign here in Seattle, Mayor Jenny Durkan has spoken out. Not against the violence and destruction, mind you, but against President Trump bringing in federal agents to actually stop it. This, of course, after Durkan and the City Council has attempted to tie officers’ hands in doing so.

On Friday, Durkan said:

“I cannot overstate it enough, what is happening is frightening to me. It is frightening that you would use federal agents for political purposes.”

Durkan, along with other big-city mayors facing federal intervention, said that the President is “purposefully targeting Democratic cities.”

It likely appears that way because Democrat-run cities are the only ones who are losing control.

Originally, today was supposed to be the first day that Seattle Police were banned from using chemical agents. The ban was blocked, however, pending further review from a federal judge.

Prior to the riot starting on Saturday, Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said:

“In the spirit of offering trust and full transparency, I want to advise you that SPD officers will be carrying pepper spray and blast balls today, as would be typical for events that carry potential to include violence.”

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President Donald Trump has sent a tactical border team to Seattle.  Making good on his pledge to use the full force of the federal government to protect federal property, the tactical border officers arrived in Seattle on Thursday.

This Special Response team is very similar to the tactical teams that the Trump administration sent to Portland back in early July as violent protests continued to erupt on an almost nightly basis. According to The Hill, this Special Response team operates under U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). 

A CBP spokesperson said that the team will only be used if the protests expected over the weekend in Seattle escalate to a boiling point.

Regarding the tactical border team, the Federal Protective Service (FPS) said in a statement:

“The CBP will be on standby in the area, should they be required.”

According to the NYPOST, the move came as a surprise to Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. When Durkan initially spoke to Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, she was reassured that there were no plans to deploy federal troops in Seattle. 

The administration noted that the tactical team is remaining on standby as of now and will only be deployed as needed. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) spokesman Alexei Woltornist said in a statement:

“There is no large-scale deployment of personnel to Seattle at this time. As threats warrant, any large-scale use of law enforcement assets will involve close coordination with local law enforcement.”

Another DHS official told CNN:

“The team is being sent on standby, not as a surge of force.”

Sending a Special Response team to Seattle comes as Trump and his administration continue to make good on their promise to crack down on the violent protests that are surging in major cities from coast to coast. 

The Trump administration is also looking to send federal agents to Chicago in the upcoming week. Woltornist said in a statement:

“In this environment, all major metropolitan areas have additional capabilities to standby to protect facilities. This is prudent and commonsense.”

A spokesperson from FPS said in a statement:

“Federal Protective Service routinely requests mutual assistance from other law enforcement agencies when there are threats to federal properties. The FPS requests this kind of assistance multiple times a year at our over 9,000 facilities across the county.”

President Trump continues to give his full support behind the federal agents and Wolf. According to MSN, Trump said that he would possibly send more federal officers to other “Democratic” cities, saying that the agents in Portland are doing a fantastic job.

He said in a statement:

“I’m going to do something, that I can tell you because we’re not going to let New York and Chicago and Philadelphia and Detroit and Baltimore and all of these, Oakland is a mess.”

On Sunday, at least a dozen Seattle police officers were hurt, one needing treatment at a hospital while a group of violent demonstrators caused a significant amount of property damage to government buildings and private businesses. 

Mike Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild said that it was appropriate to seek help from the federal government.

He said in a statement:

“Why can’t we ask for federal help? Why do we have to play the political game? This is the time more than ever for assistance.”

He continued:

“We had criminal domestic terrorists lay siege to our city for over three hours. When is enough, enough?”

 

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