Police claim demonstrators caused a riot; assaulted civilian, dumped trash, obstructed law enforcement and roadway
by Renee Raketty -
SGN Staff Writer
The Seattle Police Department made mass arrests outside the East Precinct at 12th Ave. and E. Pine St. in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood after midnight on Thursday morning. The lights and commotion awoke many residents of nearby buildings who could be seen watching from their windows.
A police report provided to the Seattle Gay News states that the group was arrested for a variety of offenses: dumping of solid waste, obstructing an officer, resisting arrest and rendering criminal assistance.
The SGN arrived late to the scene but did observe several individuals being searched and taken into the precinct for identification and processing. Medics from the Seattle Fire Department were also seen tending to an injured protester.
The SGN attempted to talk to protesters as they were released. One protester had claimed that over 20 people had been arrested and that four individuals were transported to the King County Jail on obstruction charges. Another protester released Thursday morning said they were arrested for "illegal dumping."
Bags of trash were seen on the barricade outside the Precinct and an officer was busy moving trash out of the street. This writer had also visited an intersection near 15th Ave. E. and E. Harrison St. The intersection had been blocked by a variety of traffic related construction signs, cones and barrels.
A private security team at Uncle Ike's, a marijuana dispensary nearby, was seen outside the business cleaning up eggs and sand thrown on the sidewalk outside its front door. One released protester claimed that they had not been responsible these incidents.
According to the SPD, a group of approximately 25 protesters had been marching through the streets of Capitol Hill. A flyer provided to the SGN earlier in the day did announce a protest in honor of the birthday of George Floyd, who died in the custody of Minneapolis police officers on May 25, 2020. It appears the two are related.
Police say that protesters attacked a patrol vehicle while the officers were getting food from a nearby restaurant and that they had attempted to prevent a police vehicle from responding to a robbery call. They add that the group had defied orders to disperse and had advanced on patrol vehicles while chanting, "move back." Police followed the protesters and removed obstructions from the roadway.
Later, police responded to a call in the 1600 block of 15th Ave, where a man claimed to have been assaulted when he confronted the protesters. The police report stated that he had abrasions on his knees and that witnesses confirmed his account.
At approximately 11:40 p.m., the protesters then approached the Precinct for a second time. However, this time they threw trash over the barricade outside and dumped trash into the street. It was here when Lieutenant Brooks ordered the arrest of the entire group, who are believed to be associated with "Every Night Direct Demonstration' or ENDD for short.
Several bystanders claimed that protest medics were among those arrested. However, all the medics from the two largest volunteer protest medic organizations, PUMC and DarkMed, appeared not to have been involved. A new group of established protest medics, Umbra, could not be reached for comment by press time. The SGN later learned that several medics associated with Umbra were indeed scooped up during the arrests.