Seattle saw 100-200 demonstrators Monday evening as they convened at Westlake Park in downtown Seattle. As the protestors walked towards Westlake Mall, SPD moved in quickly with bicycles, blocking the entrances. Shoppers were allowed in and out, but were heavily scrutinized before entering. No demonstrators were allowed inside. According to one SPD on bicycle, mall “appeared to be shut down”, as demonstrators gathered outside the entrance used on Black Friday to shut the mall down 3 hours early. As the crowed marched toward Pacific Place, multiple lines of police formed around the doors, blocking the street all the way up Olive to 7th. Demonstrators were not allowed back down the street to the downtown core and were constantly pushed up Olive to Capitol Hill. A heavy police presence followed the demonstrators with police in riot gear and batons at the ready.
“This is a level of anarchy and unsafe behavior that will not be tolerated,” said Bruce Harrell, Seattle City Council. “So we are asking our police department to get as much information as possible to anticipate and make sure we’re making a lawful stoppage of this.” – City Council Member Bruce Harrell
From the Facebook event page…
“#justice4MikeBrown. On the day of the Grand Jury verdict on the murder of Micheal Brown in Ferguson, injustice WAS created again people will gather at Westlake Park, 4th and Pine, at 6 pm. Seattle is gonna take it to the streets! people must gather and make a very visible and loud demonstration and do what it takes to get justice for Mike Brown ! Bring signs and banners, bring cardboard and markers so other people can make signs. Bring your whistles to blow the whistle on police brutality. Bring your outrage, bring your determination for justice, bring your friends! #ferguson #mikebrown #WEWillNotStop
WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND BE UNITED AS ONE AGAINST injustice ,racism,oppression,police brutality and get JUSTICE FOR MIKE BROWN
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