Seattle, WA – Rioters used cement to seal the doors of the East Precinct to trap police officers inside while they set the building ablaze on Monday night.
Violent riots broke out in Seattle on Aug. 24, ostensibly in support of riots in Wisconsin over the shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake on Sunday by Kenosha police.
Black Lives Matter protesters began marching toward the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct at about 9 p.m. and blocked the streets around it wearing goggles and gas masks while carrying shields and umbrellas, KOMO reported.
Protesters climbed fences around the police precinct and started fires around the occupied building.
Seattle police said that rioters used a substance they believed to be quick-dry concrete to try and seal a door at the 12th Street entrance to the police precinct while at the same time, someone was trying to set fire to that building on the East Pine Street side, Jason Rantz reported on KTTH.
Rioters were seen mixing the substance in a bucket with a wooden stick before they applied it to the door. They added rebar and wooden boards to try to hold officers in.
Pictures taken by the police also showed the vandals had destroyed the electronic key card reader at the door.
#SeattleRiots Does anyone believe these #BLMterrorists are anything less than hateful monsters? Bless and protect @SeattlePD. @MayorJenny is despicable and complicit to destroying lives and property! Vote her out!! pic.twitter.com/Fr0npJXhfw
— #WalkAwayFromDemocrats (@TangledBritches) August 26, 2020
Sources told Rantz that Seattle police had to kick open the doors to get out and disperse the rioters and arsonists, KTTH reported.
Terrorists set the East Precinct on fire last night. Politicians will say nothing. pic.twitter.com/KR2sSXbtIj
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) August 25, 2020
It appeared the rioters had used too much water when mixing the cement because it did not successfully seal the police precinct door shut.
One officer was injured in the chaos and one rioter was arrested on suspicion of arson, KOMO reported.
Seattle Police Guild President Mike Solan called the effort to block officers inside a burning building “clear domestic terrorism,” KIRO reported.
“I think what this shows you is that these people are intent on killing police officers,” Solan said.
“We’re being held hostage by a group of 100 to 150 people that are bent on destroying this city and hurting police officers,” the union boss said.
A little bit later, rioters targeted the police union building, yet again, KIRO reported.
Solan said three firebombs were launched at the building.
“Our surveillance video captured two individuals scouting our location for several hours,” the police union president said.
Surveillance videos showed one of firebombs exploded and set a staircase on fire before officers were able to extinguish it, KIRO reported.
Protesters then made their way to the Seattle Police Department’s West Precinct and smashed out all the windows on a Seattle police bus, KOMO reported.
The Starbucks across the street from the West Precinct was vandalized and so were numerous other businesses along the marchers’ route.
Solan said Seattle police were frustrated that the city’s leadership has not denounced the attack on officers, KIRO reported.
“That’s why it’s incumbent upon our elected officials to put a stop to this immediately,” he said. “How can city leaders be so feckless? It can’t just be on the officers. This is an absolute overthrow attempt of some of our government institutions, and police are in the way. They or the officers will get hurt or killed so they can put forth that agenda.”
The union boss said he thinks the attacks on officers are going to escalate, but he also said police wouldn’t back down, KIRO reported.
“They’re not going to bully us into submission,” Solan said. “They’re not going to bully this community into submission.”