Seattle police chief announces they’ll actually start enforcing vandalism laws after the recent anti-police protest

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SEATTLE, WA- On Saturday, January 23rd, Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz announced that his officers will begin enforcing laws against vandalism.

His announcement comes just days into President Joe Biden’s first term in office and after anti-police protests in Seattle on January 20th. According to Diaz, he has wanted to crack down on property destruction for months and that in his opinion, violent protesters and vandals are not promoting a cause. He said in a statement:

“They’ve been focused on lighting fires, they’ve been focused on, you know, breaking windows and these are things we need to work on.”

Diaz’s comments follow a violent Antifa protest that took place on Inauguration Day that left multiple businesses in the downtown district vandalized. Authorities said that rioters also set fires in the street and burned an American flag. 

Diaz said that during the protest on Inauguration Day in Seattle, some participants shouted expletives directed at President Biden. Diaz said that Seattleites support non-violent demonstration, ranging from environmental causes to Black Lives Matter.

The protesters shouted, “No cops, no prisons, total abolition” as they marched through the downtown business district. An Amazon Go store was just one of the many that were vandalized with many messages spray-painted on the building. One of the messages included, “Guillotine Bezos.”

Seattle Police Department (SPD) officials reported that they arrested three people during those riots. Diaz said that after the events on January 20th:

“It doesn’t matter who is in the presidential office, it really is a matter of understanding that people are just out there for destruction.” 

The protests turned violent as Antifa demonstrators smashed windows in multiple businesses and the local courthouse. Diaz has teamed up with Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes to discuss the new policy of increased prosecutions related to property damage and vandalism.

The Seattle Times reported that people who destroy property during street protests will be arrested and prosecuted under a tighter, new policy that has been coordinated with Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes. 

It is unclear what, if anything, will be different. Holmes’ office said in a statement that misdemeanor policies remain the same. Diaz said that many of the 600 people arrested since spring 2020 have not been prosecuted. Most of those cases are misdemeanors. Diaz told reporters:

“I have been in conversation with the city’s attorney’s office, Pete Holmes, and he will be prosecuting these cases from now on. He has actually allowed us to have the support of his staff, to assist and review of those cases as they occur, so they can be prosecuted to the fullest extent.”

He added:

“When we don’t have any form of accountability for people and many of them that are coming from outside the city, they will continue todo that destruction and we can’t have that.”

However, it appears that the chief and city attorney are not on the same page. The city attorney’s spokesman, Dan Nolte, emailed a response to inquiries and said:

“The Seattle City Attorney’s Office policy has been consistent. Pete Holmes has no interest in charging peaceful protesters.”

Nolte wrote:

“When people are arrested, prosecutors review the cases to assess the available evidence, the context of the arrest, and whether a jury of Seattleites would find the person guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Nolte said that thousands of arraignment hearings need to be rescheduled because of COVID-19 and the Municipal Court currently holds arraignments only for persons who are in jail. He said, so when people are arrested and released, they will have their cases considered “after the court more fully reopens at a later date.”

On Saturday, January 23rd, protesters took to the streets again. Authorities did not say if any vandalism occurred of if any arrests were made.

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Here’s your ‘unity’: More damage reported after far-left rioters engage in vandalism in Portland and Seattle

January 21st, 2021

According to reports, groups of far-left rioters engaged in various acts of vandalism and other alleged criminal offenses in both Seattle, Washington and in Portland, Oregon following the inauguration of President Joe Biden.

Among these groups of rioters were individuals adorning what’s typically referred to as Antifa black bloc.

With regard to the events that transpired in Seattle, Washington, there are reports of at least three people who were arrested during the unrest.

According to Seattle police, one individual had been arrested for property damage, another arrested for assault, and another individual arrested for an alleged burglary and property damage with respect to a Starbucks storefront within the city.

Images of the property damage that occurred in Seattle were shared by the Seattle Police Department on Twitter.

Among the images displayed are what appeared to be an Amazon Go storefront having been defaced with spray paint and also shattered windows among the William Kenzo Nakamura courthouse.

The protests which hosted the criminal acts started at around 4:30 p.m. on January 20th in Seattle, which started out initially as a hodgepodge of individuals having congregated at a park before they started to march throughout the streets of downtown Seattle.

Individuals among the group that were marching had been seen carrying signs that hosted such popular far-left slogans like “Abolish ICE”, while other signage present during the protest bore messages generally denigrating both law enforcement and the newly elected President Biden.  

Local reporting of the riotous demonstration that transpired in Seattle alleged that some within the group of protesters were hurling objects at vehicles and engaging in targeted harassment of people who were not among them protesting.

Videos also surfaced online showcasing an American flag that was draped out in the middle of an intersection that was lit afire by the protesters. However, the fire was reportedly extinguished quickly thereafter.

As mentioned earlier, protests and riotous acts of this brand were not only present in Seattle on January 20th – but also in Portland.

According to Portland Police Sergeant Kevin Allen, a group of roughly 150 people had amassed at Revolution Hall at approximately 2:00 p.m. on January 20th in Portland and then made their way over to the Democratic Party of Oregon headquarters.

This Portland-based protest was coined as the J20 protest – which was essentially billed as a demonstration against President Biden’s inauguration and also expressing disdain toward law enforcement in general.

Apparently, this group of people we’re also trying to support the rights of indigenous people.

Much in line with the typical acts often associated with Antifa inspired protests and riots, the Portland demonstration saw the likes of smashed windows, buildings being vandalized by way of graffiti, and also hostile interactions with police officers who were attempting to maintain order.

Despite a new administration coming into the White House that are compliments of the Democratic Party, it appears those among the far-left are still not satisfied – and are up to the same sort of antics akin to the summer riots of 2020.

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We at Law Enforcement Today recently reported a more detailed account of the “J20” protest in Portland. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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PORTLAND, OR – Protesters linked to Antifa began attacking police and smashing windows in Portland during planned “J20” protests just hours after President Joe Biden took the oath of office on Wednesday. Windows at the Democratic Party of Oregon building were smashed and the building was vandalized.

Portland Police Sgt. Kevin Allen reported that several protests had been scheduled in the city, and a crowd of about 150 people gathered at Revolution Hall around 2 p.m. and marched to the Democratic Party building.

Several of the protesters were dressed in all black, the signature uniform of the Antifa movement. Several marchers carried banners with messages including “We are ungovernable” and “a new world from the ashes.”

The protesters smashed windows and vandalized the building with graffiti. Police arrived on bicycles and tried to arrest a protester armed with a knife. They also attempted to remove metal poles from a banner being carried so they could not be used as weapons, according to a Portland Police Bureau spokesman.

Video posted on Twitter showed some of the protesters trying to take bicycles from the officers.  Sgt. Allen said the crowd started to attack the outnumbered officers:

“As officers disengaged, the crowd showed aggression by swarming officers and throwing objects.”

Officers deployed a smoke canister so that they could make a tactical retreat to regroup. Police reported that one knife was seized from the crowd. The Mayor’s office confirmed around 4 p.m. that police had made three arrests of people for using crowbars to smash windows in the building.

The crowd moved from the area, and some began blocking a freeway on-ramp, police reported. Dumpster fires were ignited in the area.

Police reported that multiple arrests had been made by 4:30 p.m. before police said the crowd began to disperse from the area.

“J20” stands for January 20, the date the president of the United States is inaugurated. “Disrupt J20” was organized in July 2016 with the stated goal of disrupting then-President Donald Trump. This year, “J20” aimed to oppose President Biden’s inauguration and law enforcement. “J20” did not have a clear goal other than supporting anarchy. Some called for justice for the homeless, a growing problem in Portland.

Some of the marches chanted slogans such as “We don’t want Biden, we want revenge.”

Some demonstrators were there to celebrate. A small group gathered on Northeast Broadway holding signs supporting Black Lives Matter. Demonstrator Betty Scholten said she felt joyful because she expects President Biden’s administration to focus on equal rights for black people.

“I’m hoping. He (Biden) said it would be,” Scholten said admitting she did not expect change overnight. “(Change) is a long way down the road.” She said she would keep protesting “until we don’t need to anymore.”

Scholten said she and others will keep demonstrating along Broadway “until we don’t need to anymore.”

Other groups, including the Defend Democracy Coalition, gathered around 5 p.m. at Irving Park, where about 150 people attended a demonstration. People chanted support for Black Lives Matter and “Inauguration Justice” car caravan drove from Portland College’s Cascade Campus to the rally at Irving Park.

A speaker told the crowd:

“This is such a monumental day. Because today is the day, we dump Trump. But we need to embrace resistance too. The fight is just beginning.”

Suzie Kassouf, Founder of the climate justice organization Sunrise PDX, asked the crowd if President Biden wanted rapid climate justice. The crowd chanted back, “no.” She said:

“All movements for justice are one. It’s no accident that the people that are hurt first and worst by the climate crisis and environmental injustice are Black and brown.”

 In a scary and surreal moment during the protest, a car flipped over in the area. Several demonstrators ran to the car and pulled a little girl and her mother from the vehicle. They were uninjured.

Police said the Irving Park demonstration remained peaceful.

Another protest was scheduled for 8 p.m. a South Portland’s Caruthers Park.

Law Enforcement Today is following this matter and will report on developments.

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