Seattle, WA – Sixteen protesters were arrested Oct. 3 after a riotous mob vandalized businesses and threw explosives at officers.
The protest began quietly earlier in the day but then heated up after vandals spray-painted graffiti on a Metro Bus on Broadway near East Mercer and then spray-painted the front of a local bank, KIRO reported.
The graffiti included numerous phrased calling for the deaths of police officers.
Police issued a dispersal order just after 9 p.m. and said the rioters had done “extensive property damage to a business” in the area, KIRO reported.
— Katie Daviscourt🇺🇸 (@KatieDaviscourt) October 4, 2020
One of the businesses police were referring to was a Starbucks on East Olive Way that sustained damage serious enough to keep it closed for a few days afterwards.
Cell phone videos of the incident showed rioters smashed the windows of the Starbucks and then threw commercial-grade fireworks inside the coffee shop to start fires.
BREAKING: Seattle Antifa are destroying a Starbucks
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) October 4, 2020
Police made arrests at that scene and ordered the rioters to disperse.
Protesters marched to Cal Anderson Park about 9:30 p.m., damaging property all along the route, FOX News reported.
The group has made their way onto Harvard and are traveling Southbound. Additional graffiti being reported. pic.twitter.com/Af7qSILHNL
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) October 4, 2020
Protestors have wound their way through the city causing damage along the way. Group is now at Broadway and Pine St. avoid the area if possible. pic.twitter.com/FLlGNsxEJD
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) September 27, 2020
Police said rioters threw explosives at officers as they were pushed back and out of the area, FOX News reported.
Officers made 16 arrests in total during the violent protests on Oct. 3, according to KIRO.
Police said those arrested were facing a variety of charges including property destruction, assault, failure to disperse, and rendering criminal assistance, the Seattle Times reported.
Residents have complained that police are too busy protecting the city from rioters to respond to legitimate 911 calls for help.
In response to a 911 call on Saturday night, my neighbor was told by the operator that no one is coming because police were dealing with #seattleprotests
This is the new normal.
— Ari Hoffman (@thehoffather) October 5, 2020
Seattle Interim Police Chief Adrian Diaz called for an end to the riots in the city, FOX News reported.
“If there are people going out and peacefully protesting, we will help facilitate that peaceful protest,” Chief Diaz said. “But if they are coming to create this mayhem, we are going to address this mayhem.”
I'm not going to argue with someone who thinks it's possible to just "disperse" and clearly hasn't been participating in the ongoing protests . This is what always happens people turn their backs on cops. They'll attack you anywayhttps://t.co/0cynKYCbo6
— T ☂️ (@AnarchoSeattle) October 6, 2020
The chief said he had staffing changes underway and was moving at least 100 officers assigned to other departments back to patrol to reduce police response times, FOX News reported.