May Day Mayhem: three officers hurt as protesters gather in Seattle, but who’s to blame?
Seattle police are claiming May Day protesters were throwing tools and stones at the police. Some officers were hit with poles during the night they claim. Whatever happened, it ended up with multiple arrests and 3 police officers injured.
Riot police were using pepper spray, explode on contact chemical balls and and flash bang grenades. Police say dozens of vehicles building windows were damaged.
Seattle police captain Chris Fowler said the peaceful protest had “turned into a riot.”
The protesters were marching near Pine Street and police closed down the north Olive Street off ramp, that’s when police crashed their bicycles into the crowd of people and and began using their bicycles as weapons, throwing flash bangs, shooting pepper bullets and spraying pepper spray into the crowd of protesters. The police chased the protesters toward Capitol Hill and then cornered them at the Seattle Central College plaza..
The Mayor of Seattle, Ed Murray defended the police actions: “The march quickly went violent.” “The officers made the appropriate decision to stop that march.”
In all, officials said 15 men and one woman were arrested for investigation of assault, obstruction, and failure to disperse.
Hundreds of peaceful protesters joined in peaceful May Day marches throughout Yakima and Seattle and other Washington cities to show their support for workers’ rights and to voice concerns over police brutality.