The group of violent protesters lit mortar-type fireworks and threw them at officers: 12 policemen injured
Another wave of violence broke out during a rally in Seattle. The group, armed with baseball bats, deliberately provoked a conflict between officers and protesters, authorities say.
“At 10:30 there was a peaceful demonstration that occurred at Westlake Park. About 3 hours later a secondary group showed up and they had baseball bats. Joined first group. The group then marched south towards headquarters building on 5th Avenue and individuals in the group on their way were doing damage to property, vandalizing property. They stopped at the federal building with federal courthouse building and sprayed paint and graffiti on the headquarters building,” the Seattle Police said.
According to official reports, when the group of rioters reached the department’s West Precinct, they were met by police officers. As a result of the clashes, 12 officers were injured of varying degrees of severity, and 2 arrests were made.
Truscott said one of the injured officers was taken to Harborview Medical Center after “fragmentation entered his throat and neck area,” kiro7 reported.
Demonstration currently at Broadway and Pine. Avoid the area if possible. https://t.co/60wlGSu3kK— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 20, 2020
Seattle police also report that some shops that have been vandalized have also been looted. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms joined the investigation of arson, robbery and attacks on officers.
Demonstrators went from Westlake Park to the Municipal Courthouse and then headed back north to the West Precinct...leaving behind a trail of property destruction. These are criminal acts, not peaceful protests. pic.twitter.com/7GYkDxAg9s— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 20, 2020
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