Seattle “Capitol hill organized protest” zone was eliminated early on Wednesday morning, but protests and arrests have continued unabated in the neighborhood.
Seattle — despite the end of the “Capitol hill organized protest” zone (Chop) at the beginning of this week, the ongoing conflict in the district.
The Seattle police swept during early morning RAID on Wednesday, clearing the protesters who remained in front of the Eastern section. Pepper spray was deployed, and at least 44 people were arrested this morning. In the king County Prosecutor’s office said that he was not charged with any nonviolent protesters and no plans to do so.
“None of the chop removing the arrests led to criminal charges from our office,” the Prosecutor wrote. “Full cases were not transferred to our office. City attorney Seattle on business misconduct”.
Now police say they tried to return the district to normal, repairing station in the city crews to pick up trash and clean the nearby cal Anderson Park, which is temporarily closed.
Early Thursday morning, police arrested 25 more people near Broadway and East pine, accused of failure to disperse, assault and obstacle. In the night of Friday, three people were arrested on the Western plot to destroy property and seven on the corner of Broadway and East pine, accused of assault, harassment and failure to disperse.
Twitter User Eli Grady has shared a video from about 5:30 p.m. Thursdaythat shows the police rushing protesters at E. pine and Broadway, the solution to one and putting his knee on his neck. It seems that man is able to raise his head as he shouts, “You can do your (expletive) knee off my neck, man?”
“I think the response of staff is another example of rampant police brutality,” said Grady. “It is not only wrongful arrest, but the violence during the arrest extreme and unfounded. I think the immersion solution innocent protester-attack, and the officer should be charged with assault. Knee immediately placed on the neck, while short, shows how the first instinct of the officers in the arrest is the use of this form of knowledge, the same way George Floyd was killed.”
The video does not show what happened before officers moved in. Grady said the protester did nothing, before officers moved up.
The police did not respond to requests for comment on the video. Grenon captain Brian East area he said he had not seen the video, adding: “I am confident that we will certainly look at it.”
Grenon said SPD plans to release body camera footage of arrests.
Another video widely circulated on Twitter on Friday was shot the man who introduced himself as Carter, who said he lives in an apartment at 11th and pine. He wrote down, trying to make it home when the police to him and asked where he lives.
He said they asked about the documents that he has not. He and the officer talk at the same time as Carter explains he does not have a driver’s license with his current address.
“You can have your diatribe here, or we can walk around with ID in your place, or I could have you arrested for being here illegally,” – said the officer. “What would you prefer?”
When he tells them that he has the key, the officers say that they will be able to bring him home, but he refused the escort.
“You have no choice, here’s the thing,” one of the officers said. “Either you leave now, will be arrested, or I’ll show you to your position, what is your choice?”
He said he left and was able to enter through a different route without checking the identity, and later told king 5 he was frustrated by the interaction.
“I have no ID, because I have no driver’s license,” Carter said. “So they threatened to arrest me if I didn’t take a police escort, and I’m not comfortable having armed people to accompany me next door, this is unacceptable.”
“I think the cops are just doing what they want, and there’s no oversight,” he said.
When king 5 asked the police about the politics of the region, a spokesman replied by email: “we will not verify the identity of the inhabitants.” When sent a video, they continue not to answer.
Grenon captain blamed it on the situation in the former chop that by decree of the mayorbut said on Friday that no identity documents will be implemented in the future.
“No, they will not be checked,” said Grenon.
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