Twenty five rioters were arrested in Seattle after they began throwing explosives at law enforcement.
Seattle police say that protesters turned violent and were tossing explosives and setting fires throughout Seattle’s streets.
Police say the suspects were arrested for such crimes as assaults on officers, obstruction, and failure to disperse.
Re: officer injuries — One officer hospitalized with leg injury caused by an explosive. Two other officers treated/returned to duty.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 26, 2020
— Hana Kim (@hanamkim) July 26, 2020
A trail of #damage on 12th Ave— portables at youth detention facility torched/ glass windows of office broken; #Starbucks store obliterated along with apartment/office building next door; Canon restaurant/bar has several shattered windows. #seattle #seattleprotests #komonews pic.twitter.com/x1RMe81huC
— Suzanne Phan (@SuzannePhan) July 26, 2020
— Simone Del Rosario (@SimoneReports) July 26, 2020
KIRO 7 reports:
The Special Response Team is similar to tactical teams operating in Portland, where violence and protests have raged for nearly eight weeks in the Oregon city. Federal agents have been in Portland for most of July.
Agents for the Special Response Team operate under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Times reported. They are typically deployed for intense law enforcement operations.
Mike Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, told KIRO-TV that it was appropriate to seek help from the federal government.
Mayor Jenny Durkan said that the feds had sent in a tactical team to aid in making arrests but far fewer feds than were sent to Portland. She says she has a promise from the feds not to send in more agents without discussing it with her first.
DHS spokesperson Alexei Woltornist said that there is not a large large scale deployment to Seattle at this time.
He explained that the large deployment to Portland is based on the number of attacks on federal buildings that does not exist in other cities.
The Seattle city council had voted in an ordnance banning the police from using non lethal weapons to use to control the crowds.
A judge tossed out the law, rightfully pointing out that to do away with the non lethal tools, it leaves the police with no choice but to use deadly force.