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Originally Published Wed May 01, 2013 at 10:19 PM PDT
@ Daily Kos
Seattle May Day Mayhem – Pepper Spray and Flash Grenades
by Mark Taylor-Canfield
Thousands of people marched in Seattle on May Day.
Labor unions brought large numbers out to an immigrants rights march organized by the group El Comite.
Although the main march was peaceful, a group of 100 to 200 protesters fought a moving battle with police starting downtown near Westlake Park and ending on Capitol Hill.
SPD officers used large amounts of pepper spray and flash/bang grenades.
A Walgreens on Capitol Hill had a broken window. Other property damage and broken windows were reported.
13 arrests for property damage and assault. 2 juveniles arrested.
Police report bottles, rocks, and metal pipes were thrown at them.
KIRO TV news reports that their reporters were attacked by protesters, and several suffered from the effects of the pepper spray.
These incidents are sure to continue the ongoing controversy over police crowd control policies and anarchist tactics. Last year’s events resulted in a federal grand jury, the jailing of four activists (in solitary confinement), an independent review of SPD actions, an internal investigation and the resignation of SPD chief John Diaz.
(Update: SPD reports 18 arrests.)