Rioting explodes in Seattle: A dozen officers injured, one in the hospital, damage and looting widespread

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SEATTLE, WA – Looks like the “peaceful protests” are back in full force in Seattle.

Law Enforcement Today is getting word that at least a dozen officers are injured due to violent riots erupting throughout the day.

So far, it’s been reported that one officer has been sent to the hospital with injuries from these rioters’ actions. 

 

An “Abolish ICE” rally started at West Lake Center before heading downtown. 

Apparently a second group joined, which is when the violence started. This group was allegedly carrying baseball bats.

Rioters also started throwing rocks, bottles, and fireworks at police officers. 

This is where the officers were injured, as the rioters threw “mortar-type fireworks” at police at close range.

The officer taken to the Harborview Medical Center reportedly was taken because “fragmentation entered his throat and neck area.” That officer’s condition is not known.

The other officers were treated at the precinct.

Two protesters were arrested outside of West Precinct in that group. 

A Seattle Police spokesperson said that pepper spray and blast balls were used to get the crowd to disperse.

This is when the march went towards Capitol Hill.

On the way there, the looting once again picked up in the downtown businesses. There was also damage done to the buildings, including businesses, Seattle Police Department headquarters and Seattle Municipal Court Building.

Starbucks and Amazon seemed to be major targets for the criminals.

 

The intersection of Denny Way and Yale St. was blocked during the afternoon, as the march continued heading back towards Capitol Hill- the area where anarchists set up the CHOP/CHAZ area last month.

This is also where rioters clashed with Seattle Police in multiple reported incidents, who ultimately abandoned their East Precinct to the domestic terrorists.

That same precinct saw broken windows and a fire started inside, which was extinguished.

A community member put the fire out inside of east precinct, reportedly.

 

Apparently, even news crews weren’t able to cover the protests accurately because of rioters pushing them out, as seen in the tweet below by KOMO’s Cole Miller.

The Seattle Police Department tweeted:

“These are criminal acts, not peaceful protests.”

Well it’s about time they publicly acknowledged that.

Sergeant Lauren Truscott told reporters that the group gathered at Cal Anderson Park, and then dispersed. The Sergeant also said that the group was well organized and acted in “a joint effort to target specific businesses and government buildings.”

A source has told Law Enforcement Today that, once again, police were told to not engage with “protesters” or attempt to stop them from the domestic terrorism which they were practicing. 

Apparently, a separate protest has also started in the Wallingford neighborhood, which is a residential neighborhood north of the lake, not near the downtown area.

Wallingford is largely single family homes with some businesses. The protesters in this area are reportedly changing “defund the police” and “black lives matter.”

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Meanwhile, City Council wants to defund the police.

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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