Live: Seattle-area protests: Live updates on Saturday, July 25

Live: Seattle-area protests: Live updates on Saturday, July 25

Protests over police tactics and systemic racism that began almost two months ago with the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by police in Minneapolis, continue in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest as the Trump administration calls in the force of the federal government.

In response to nightly protests in Portland, Trump sent in a team of officers from various federal agencies who have clashed with protesters, made arrests and pulled demonstrators in for questioning in unmarked cars.

The president, who has also sent tactical border officers to stand by for duty in Seattle, has defended the action, calling the protests in Portland “worse than Afghanistan.”

On Friday, a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order blocking Seattle’s new law prohibiting police from using tear gas, blast balls and similar weapons. The law, which the Seattle City Council passed unanimously last month, was scheduled to go into effect on Sunday.

On Saturday, Seattle police Chief Carmen Best said officers working the Seattle protests would carry pepper spray and blast balls, but not tear gas.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jenny Durkan has pleaded with protesters to demonstrate peacefully.

She said she’s worried about people who are bent on disrupting protests, damaging property and provoking violence, and concerned about federal agents on the doorstep.

“I cannot overstate it enough, what is happening is frightening to me,” Durkan said at a Friday morning news conference. “It is frightening that you would use federal agents for political purposes.”

She said Trump is purposefully targeting Democratic cities.

Durkan also said she met with the King County executive, the county prosecutor, the Seattle city attorney and the state Attorney General’s Office, and that they will take “every legal step necessary” if federal forces intervene here as they have in Portland.

Live updates: How Saturday’s demonstrations are unfolding in Seattle and beyond

Group remains at 11th and Pine in standoff with police

Shortly before 9 p.m., nearly eight hours after protesters began gathering on Capitol Hill, a group remains at 11th Avenue and East Pine Street chanting and drumming as they face a line of police.

At one point, police deployed pepper spray and ran west down East Pine Street, scattering protesters.

Protesters split into smaller groups on Capitol Hill, arrests in Cal Anderson Park

Demonstrators have been split into several smaller groups around Capitol Hill, with some seen traveling along Broadway and through Cal Anderson Park, where officers made arrests. All entrances to the Capitol Hill light rail station are closed. 

A nurse told KCPQ 13 she was attempting to get someone away from a police officer who had a baton when she was pepper-sprayed by police.

Sheriff’s Office personnel to respond to protests

King County Sheriff’s Office personnel will respond to Saturday afternoon’s protests at the request of the Seattle Police Department (SPD), according to the Sheriff’s Office. 

Several hundred commissioned Sheriff’s Office personnel who were off work today will prepare to respond, said Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Ryan Abbott. “We don’t know exactly where we’re going yet,” Abbott said. 

The Sheriff’s Office SWAT team is already assisting SPD, Abbott said.

“We have heard the desires of the community, much of it expressed through peaceful protest, for law enforcement to embrace new models of policing,” Sheriff Mitzi G. Johanknecht said in a statement. “But we cannot allow the deliberate destruction of property or the setting of fires, which could result in serious injuries.”

—Heidi Groover

Police again deploy pepper spray, flash-bang devices at Capitol Hill crowd

After a moment of calm, tensions rose again at 11th Avenue and East Pine Street as police pushed protesters back, used flash-bang grenades and pepper sprayed people, including one man directly in the face.

The Seattle Police Department said in a tweet members of the crowd threw rocks, bottles and fireworks. Police said they have made 25 arrests since they declared the area a “riot” around 4:30 p.m.

Police use flash-bang grenades near Seattle Central College

Clashes continued between police and protesters in at least two locations on Capitol Hill around 6 p.m. with police deploying flash-bang grenades near Seattle Central College.

Sixteen people have been arrested on suspicion of assault on officers, obstruction and failure to disperse, Seattle police said.

—Heidi Groover

11 arrested during protests

Seattle police said just before 5:30 pm that 11 people had been arrested during protests on Capitol Hill.

One police officer was hospitalized with a “leg injury caused by an explosive” and two others were treated and returned to work, the Seattle Police Department said on Twitter.

—Heidi Groover

Standoff at Pine and Broadway

Protesters and police officers faced off near the corner of East Pine Street and Broadway. Over a loudspeaker, police ordered protesters to disperse, saying, “This is an unlawful assembly.”

Some demonstrators then moved back east along East Pine Street toward a line of police officers who threw what appeared to be flash-bang grenades at the crowd and used pepper spray on protesters. Police also pushed demonstrators north on 11th Avenue near Cal Anderson Park.

On Twitter, Seattle police said some in the crowd threw rocks and explosives toward police. In a livestream, journalist Omari Salisbury said he and a producer had been sprayed with pepper spray and hit with flash-bang grenades even though they “followed every police instruction” and were carrying cameras.

Fragments of police incendiary devices littered East Pine Street. Some in the crowd held umbrellas to block pepper spray.

—Heidi Groover

Journalist Omari Salisbury reports being injured by police flash-bang as he livestreams protest

Journalist Omari Salisbury reports that he was hit by a police flash-bang device and other projectiles and is bleeding.

Salisbury is again livestreaming from the front lines of the confrontation between police and protesters on East Pine Street. Watch his feed here.

—Sydney Brownstone

Police declare “riot,” deploy flash-bang grenades on Capitol Hill

Police have begun deploying flash-bang grenades and pepper spray on protesters near the East Precinct on Capitol Hill.

Police deploy flash-bang grenades and pepper spray on protesters near the East Precinct on Capitol Hill.

Seattle Police Department officers used bikes to block off the intersection at East Pine Street and 11th Avenue, the same location where protesters and police stood in days of tense standoffs a month prior, and are advancing west against the protest crowd on East Pine Street and making arrests.

Seattle police said on Twitter they declared the area a “riot” and are “investigating a possible explosive damage to walls of the East Precinct.” An armored vehicle could be seen behind lines of officers on 11th Avenue and East Pine.

Protesters arrived at the precinct after marching along 12th Avenue. Some businesses along 12th had windows broken.

Fire breaks out after protesters breach King County juvenile detention facility

Smoke rises from a fire in a construction trailer at a construction site near the King County Juvenile Detention Center as protesters march past.

A construction trailer is on fire after protesters breached the fence at King County’s juvenile detention facility, which is under construction.

Seattle Police say they’re working to secure access to the site for the Seattle Fire Department.

Protesters chanted “No new youth jail!” as several roamed the construction site. Windows were broken at a building near the facility.

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—Michelle Baruchman and Bettina Hansen

No police, feds seen near marching crowd of thousands

Police and federal officers have yet to be spotted by Seattle Times journalists near the crowd of thousands marching south through Capitol Hill and the Central District. The protest follows days of intense anxiety about police and federal use of force ahead of the weekend’s protests.

Late Friday, a last-minute federal ruling temporarily blocked Seattle’s new law banning police from using tear gas, flash-bang devices and other crowd-control weapons.

—Sydney Brownstone and Bettina Hansen

Thousands of protesters are on the move in Seattle

—Bettina Hansen

‘Moms’ arriving at Seattle protest

The “moms” have arrived.

People with bright yellow armbands and tape, similar to the yellow-shirted Wall of Moms that made a stand against federal officers in Portland, are arriving at the Seattle demonstration.

—Christine Clarridge

Demonstrators gather at Seattle Central College on Capitol Hill

Several hundred people are gathering at Seattle Central College on Capitol Hill for a demonstration where a speaker acquainted with the Portland protests provided strategic advice about what tactics to expect from federal agents.

The speaker urged protesters, a smattering bearing shields, helmets and fortified gear, to rescue their comrades by pulling them out of officers’ grasps by their backpacks when arrests begin.

“We do not make people comfortable. That is not our goal,” the speaker said.

Another person expressed anger at Seattle police. “They’re bullies.”

—Patrick Malone

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