With recent tensions between anti-police marchers and SPD, Tuesday’s annual International Day Against Police Brutality protest planned for Westlake Center bears watching.
Last week, we reported that SPD was prepared for more violence after a month of weekend incidents of vandalism and rioting in downtown and on Capitol Hill. Last weekend’s activities stayed mostly off Hill.
“It’s fair to say, we’re very well aware of the problem,” SPD spokesperson Sean Whitcomb told CHS last week. “We will relentlessly pursue anybody who breaks the law.”
The previous weekend, a group of around 30 anarchists marched on Broadway, attempting to break windows, throw flares at SPD cruisers and vandalize walls and windows in a 10-minute melee. Three people were arrested and booked for rioting after the late-night disturbance. The City Attorney had not decided whether to press charges against the three last week. We’ll check in to see if that status has changed.
It doesn’t appear the Puget Sound anarchist group participated in the March 15th protests in 2010 but they were active for an annual protest in October and drew a sizable contingent last April for a rally and march on Capitol Hill in which five people were arrested.