Video shows police starting and escalating violence at peaceful protests

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.

no human is illegal

no human is illegal

police use bicycle as weapon

police use bicycle as weapon

 

many people injured from police attacks

many people injured from police attacks

seattle police officers injured during cop caused riot

seattle police officers injured during cop caused riot

anonymous protesters marching

anonymous protesters marching

heavy handed police

heavy handed police

police arresting protesters

police arresting protesters

Angry protesters, angry at police brutality and fascism

Angry protesters, angry at police brutality and fascism

riot police attack

riot police attack

so many bicycle police

so many bicycle police

 

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