Over 30 Officers Injured During Last Weekend's "Peaceful" Protests
Seattle once again showed us just how peaceful these protesters can be after two days of "peaceful" protests quickly turned into riots. Over 30 officers were hurt and that number would have been exponentially higher if City Council had their way. On Friday Seattle was saved after a Judge ruled against the Town Council's decision to ban non-lethal force tools for police. Police originally were not planning on attending the protests after the Town Council neutered them and put them in a predicament where they would be forced to rely on lethal force. It could be why protesters acted out as some might have felt like they were more untouchable than usual in the blue state. But since they were given back their tools to deal with a riot they were not only present, they arrest over 40 people.
"Nearly four dozen people were arrested, and more than 20 officers were injured Saturday after protests turned violent with trailers set on fire, windows at businesses smashed, cars damaged, and explosive devices thrown at police.
During a media briefing with Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best, she said Saturday’s protest was not a peaceful demonstration at all, and many people were put at risk. She described the path that rioters took.
"Things shifted at about 4 p.m. During the march, Seattle police said about a dozen people devolved into a rampage of destruction as they marched past the King County Youth Detention Center at 12th Avenue and Alder Street, targeting the site.
"Some rioters carried sledgehammers and began shattering workers’ car windows in the parking lot. At one point, a rioter grabbed a flagger’s stop sign and used it as a weapon. At the same time, a row of construction trailers next door on 12th Avenue were firebombed after some rioters scaled a fence."
They also destroyed a Starbucks and attacked police with firecrackers and rocks.
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Sunday was not any better...
"Police say a peaceful protest started about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, but three hours later, a second group showed up carrying baseball bats. The second group began marching on Fifth Avenue, breaking windows and tagging buildings with paint along the way.
They vandalized SPD headquarters and Seattle Municipal Court before targeting downtown businesses and marching to the West Precinct, where they tried to break in but were thwarted by officers."
Can you imagine if the police had not been there? If the judge had agreed with the town council, Seattle would have been destroyed. Some Liberals are of course blaming the presence of federal officers for the riots, not the rioters who attacked the city, because that would make sense.