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More arrests at Seattle police abuse demo
Several new arrests have occurred at an anti-police brutality rally near Seattle Central Community college on Seattle's Capitol Hill. This follows a prolonged demonstration in Portland a week ago, which responded to the two recent police shootings. Yesterday, 29 people in their early 20s were arrested in Olympia for another police abuse rally.
A sometimes violent protest against police brutality filled the streets and sidewalks of Pike/Pine and Broadway this afternoon. At least three people were detained after a group attempted to push a dumpster into Pine street across from Bobby Morris playfield but were stopped by a swift response from police officers. A heavy police presence including officers on foot, on bikes and on horseback accompanied the marchers following recent violence at a similar protest in Olympia. One mounted police officer was hit in the helmet by what was later determined to be a light bulb. You can find our live coverage of the day's events below. We will be updating this post as we learn more about those taken into custody and have a chance to talk with SPD officials about their response.
A group of around 100 protesters is marching on Capitol Hill this afternoon to speak out against police brutality. A heavy police presence accompanies after a similar protest in Olympia turned violent.
12:52PM - The marchers are winding their way through Pike/Pine toward the East
Precinct HQ at 12th and Pine.
1:00PM - Group of a dozen masked protesters blocked from attempt to create
roadblock on 12th by quick SPD reaction
1:12PM - Crowd is smaller but louder and more agitated. A light bulb has been
thrown that struck a mounted officer on his helmet.
1:20PM - Standoff at Rancho Bravo. 3 in custody after group attempted to roll
dumpster into Pine street.
1:28PM - Crowd of 30 or so remains. Wandering around Rancho Bravo now.
1:38PM - Crowd on move north on Broadway. Things are a level calmer. Many of
masked now gone.
1:41PM - Group back up to around 50 with some kids from SCCC. Appears to be a
Broadway march now but who knows.
2:29PM - Taken into custody - Adding more pictures from earlier today. Here is one of the three I saw taken into custody. This happened after a group tried to roll a dumpster into Pine near Rancho Bravo.
2:47PM - Slideshow - More images. May be re-posted per flickr quidelines with credit: http://capitolhillseattle.com
See video and photos at: http://capitolhillseattle.com/2010/04/09/protest-against-police-brutality-starts-at-seattle-central
Video from the Rancho Bravo standoff