A demonstration protesting the shooting death of wood carver John T. Williams by a Seattle police officer turned into a march Saturday afternoon, then turned into sporadic destruction of property, Seattle police spokesman Mark Jamieson said.
The demonstration was held at Westlake Park by a group called the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Jamieson said. Afterward, demonstrators marched through downtown and then east on Pike Street. Along the way, some protesters pulled sandwich boards and newspaper stands into the streets, Jamieson said.
The group worked its way up to the police department’s East Precinct, at 12th Avenue and East Pine Street, where a protester used a hammer to smash the driver’s-side window of an unoccupied police car, Jamieson said.
Officers tried to catch the demonstrator, but the suspect slipped into the crowd and disappeared. Police arrested two women, ages 26 and 20, on suspicion of obstructing police, a misdemeanor. Both were booked into the King County Jail.