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18 Arrested As Rioters Throw Explosives At Seattle Cops, Wounding Numerous Officers

Seattle, WA – A protest against the Seattle Police Officers Guild (SPOG) turned into a riot on Sunday night after violent protesters set off explosives and wounded several Seattle police officers.

Protesters began marching from the Chinatown-International District light rail station at about 9 p.m. on Aug. 17, KIRO reported.

The demonstration moved south toward the building in SoDo where the police union is headquartered.

The Seattle Police Department said in a press release that there were about 100 people marching followed by a caravan of vehicles.

Just after 10 p.m., rioters began setting off commercial-grade fireworks at officers and attempted to smash the windows of a police vehicle, KIRO reported.

A dispersal order was issued and the situation grew even more violent as rioters threw rocks and bottles at officers and set off more dangerous fireworks in the direction of the officers.

Several police were hit with fireworks, according to the police department press release.

The police department said at that point they brought in additional officers to assist and the Seattle Fire Department responded to treat wounded officers.

That was when the incident commander declared the protest a “riot” and began efforts to shut things down, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Officers deployed OC spray and blast balls to stop the attack on the officers and the crowd eventually dispersed, according to the press release.

Three officers were injured including one who sustained a serious eye injury, KIRO reported.

That officer had to be hospitalized for treatment at Harborview Medical Center.

Seattle police said 18 people were arrested during the mayhem and then booked into the King County Jail.

The melee in front of the police union capped off a weekend of unrest in the city.

On Friday night, a mob of Black Lives Matter protesters marched north from Cal Anderson Park at about 10:30 p.m. and terrified people who were trying to eat dinner at restaurants along their path, the New York Post reported.

“Look at all these white people. They are scared as f–k right now,” a woman said as she filmed people standing silently in lines watching the violence unfold.

Journalist Andy Ngo documented the chaos in videos that showed mobs of black-clad antifa smashing windows, destroying property, and vandalizing everything with spray paint.

Protesters chanted “I don’t see s–t, I don’t know s–t” repeatedly as rioters used sledge hammers to try to break into an ATM, the video showed.

When police arrived to break up the mayhem, rioters blocked their path with dumpsters, the New York Post reported.

Three people were arrested and booked into the King County Jail, according to KOMO.

Police said that shortly after 1 a.m. on Aug. 15, officers responded to the 1600-block of East Olive Way after rioters threw incendiary devices inside a business and started a fire.

Firefighters quickly put out the blaze and arson detectives began investigating.

Officers found a can inside the business that they said they thought may have been the source of the fire, KOMO reported.

The violence over the weekend followed a difficult week for Seattle police after the city council voted to slash their budget in the first step toward defunding and then Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best submitted her resignation, citing a lack of support and an inability to keep officers safe in the current environment under new police reform measures.

Written by
Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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