Seattle police officers have made additional arrests. Crowd continues to throw rocks, bottles and fireworks at officers..
Seattle seen numerous protests since the death of George Floyd in a arrest attempt in May. The city also hosted the now-defunct ‘autonomous zone’ in its Capitol Hill neighborhood, which was later disbanded following a string of violence and several deaths.
This weekend’s protest in Seattle is being held in a show of solidarity with Portland, where anti-police brutality protests continue for nearly two months, routinely erupting in clashes with the federal officers.
The police have shown up, using flash-bangs and pepper spray.
Protesters in Seattle have clashed with the officers, vandalised several buildings and set fire to a construction site for a county juvenile detention facility, forcing local police to declare a riot due to “public safety risks.”
After a group of protesters set fire to the King County facility construction site, police have issued “dispersal orders” and were forced to deploy “less-lethal munitions” to clear the area and secure access to the fire for the city’s fire department.
The officers were pelted with stones, bottles, liquid-filled balloons and other projectiles, as well as “some sort of explosives,” Seattle Police Department said on Twitter.