Seattle, WA – A Seattle police officer was knocked off of his bike and hit in the back of his head by a bat-wielding rioter during a violent uprising in downtown Seattle on Wednesday night (video below).
The video showed a group of Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers riding down a heavily-congested street on Sept. 23 as rioters cursed and yelled at them.
One of the officers was knocked off of his bike at one point, causing the jeering mob to break into laughter.
A rioter hurled a traffic cone at the officer as he was rising to his feet, the video showed.
The officer deployed what appeared to be pepper spray towards a suspect who grabbed his bike tire and attempted to yank the officer’s bike away.
While the lone officer was fighting to retain control of his bicycle, another rioter snuck up behind him and bashed him in the back of his head with a baseball bat, the video showed.
The officer deployed more spray as he dragged his bike away and ran down the street.
“Get that f–king guy!” someone yelled, as more traffic cones were thrown through the air.
The officer managed to get himself behind a line of fellow officers just before the clip ended.
The officer’s helmet was cracked as a result of the massive blow, the SPD said in a press release.
The SPD is still searching for the suspect who attacked him.
The Seattle Collegian reporter Alexa Villatoro, who recorded the vicious assault, deleted the video from Twitter after people claimed that the footage was “endangering protesters,” The Post Millennial reported.
“Please take this down, very close up (and far) video of faces and identifying clothing is super dangerous,” one complaint read.
“Please stop endangering protesters,” another Twitter user begged.
Twitter user @MilitantNegress complained that there was “too much recording” at the riots.
“I love seeing pigs get f–ked up and the clips get people hype, I get it,” the post read. “Going forward lets keep it on the ground. Tell your friends that if they want to see pigs in distress they need to be out fighting with us.”
Villatoro later said in since-deleted tweet that she was “not interested in promoting the identities” of the rioters, and assured her followers that she “removed all videos that could compromise identification of protesters.”
She further thanked those who provided “critical feedback” for helping her to realize how harmful the footage could be for the criminals who could have killed the officer.
The rioters also threw explosives at SPD officers and attacked them with bottles and rocks during Wednesday night’s riots, the SPD said in a press release.
Members of the group cut the wires that power the precinct’s security camera system and wandered through the area setting various dumpsters on fire throughout the night, police said.
SPD arrested a total of 13 people during the overnight mayhem.
Several officers were injured, the SPD said.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. Warning – Graphic content and obscene language:
— Kitty Shackleford (@KittyLists) September 24, 2020