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Activists Try To Stop Seattle TV Station From Broadcasting Info About Riot Arrests

Seattle, WA – Black Lives Matter activists attacked the Seattle NBC affiliate on Thursday and demanded the news station stop broadcasting information about violent protesters who get arrested.

The protest at the KING television station in Seattle began in the afternoon on Oct. 29 after investigative reporter Chris Ingalls tweeted out a teaser for a news story about protest arrests that would air that evening.

“WHO ARE THEY? @K5Investigators poured over nearly 100 arrest records from the Seattle protests. Who are the people that are allegedly looting, setting fires and turning violent? Our investigation finds some surprising answers, tonight on @KING5Seattle at 6:30,” Ingalls tweeted.

The backlash against Ingalls on social media was swift and full of outrage from people who accused KING of doxing the people who had been arrested rioting and looting during “peaceful” protests.

In fact, all of the source information used by Ingalls in his report was gathered from public records, KING reported.

Information from almost 100 arrest records was used to create the report that showed 48 percent of the people the Seattle Police Department arrested during the riots were white, 18 percent were black, and the race of 28 percent of those arrested wasn’t listed or was undetermined, KING reported.

Only 32 percent of those arrested were from Seattle.

A group of protesters gathered in front of the television station located in the 1500-block of 1st Avenue, South and tried to occupy the lobby.

Videos posted to social media showed that some of the protesters brought small children with them to demonstrate.

Outraged activists demanded that KING pull the story from its broadcast lineup and accused the station of putting protesters’ lives in danger by broadcasting the already publicly-available information.

Black Lives Matter Seattle issued a threat of a lifetime ban on interviews with its organization if the television station dared to report the news.

Video showed the protesters screaming at police officers who were trying to keep the building secure.

Another video showed a protester going after a woman who was filming the chaos on her cell phone.

The video showed the protester snatched the phone from the hand of the woman briefly and then was arrested by the Seattle police, while she screamed about them protecting a “white woman.”

Many responses to the protesters’ shenanigans on Twitter were not very sympathetic.

Despite the protest, threats to dox KING reporters, and the ultimatum from Black Lives Matter Seattle, KING rant the investigative story on its evening news.

Of the more than 200 arrests that have been made since the protests began, more than 100 have been dismissed and the prosecutor’s office has held off moving forward on the others.

The Police Tribune reached out to Ingalls at KING for comment but hadn’t heard back at publication time.

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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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