Smoke and flash bangs: WATCH protesters scatter in PANIC in Seattle after ignoring police orders
Videos from a rally on Pike Avenue and 11th Street show explosions and smoke scattering the protesters around 8 pm local time, along with what some claimed was tear gas.
Teargas shot into the protest crowd in Seattle. Damn. That’s supposed to be banned..... pic.twitter.com/nyO3taDKk1— djdlemma (@djdlemma) June 7, 2020
Police had previously put on gas masks, according to Simone Del Rosario, a reporter with the local TV station KCPQ. She described “what feels like a little tear gas” but later said was pepper spray.
Another reporter on the scene, Juan Vega de Soto, confirmed the presence of gas masks and noted that protesters had pushed the barrier almost ten meters towards the police line.
Seattle PD repeatedly warning protesters here at 11th and Pine that if they don’t back away from the fencing, this will not remain a peaceful protest. Protesters have moved the fencing up over ten yards in the past few minutes. Gas masks are on. #seattleprotests#seattleprotestpic.twitter.com/a8S1jlC3zj— Juan Vega de Soto (@juanvegadesoto) June 7, 2020
De Soto did not mention teargas, however, only that flashbangs were used to disperse the crowd.
The fence standoff ends in VIOLENCE as Seattle PD throws flashbangs to disperse crowd. Standoff currently down 11th and also down Pine to where protesters have been pushed back. #seattleprotests#seattleprotestpic.twitter.com/EGEuIH8Lj4— Juan Vega de Soto (@juanvegadesoto) June 7, 2020
Chase Burns from the Stranger also captured the moment of the confrontation.
Here’s the moment when the police advanced to “reestablish our bike line” which kicked this all off pic.twitter.com/dFbnC0Cpz7— Chase Burns (@chaseburnsy) June 7, 2020
Police Chief Carmen Best later told reporters no CS teargas was used, only OC pepper spray.
Seattle PD said that individuals from the crowd threw "rocks/bottles/and explosives at officers," injuring several. They posted a photo of what they said was an improvised explosive device.
At about 7:30 p.m. demonstrators outside the East Precinct began moving barricades at 11th and Pine despite multiple requests from police to stop. Individuals began throwing rocks/bottles/and explosives at officers. Several officers injured due to improvised explosives. pic.twitter.com/cbW6hWhIvy— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) June 7, 2020
Most of the responses claimed the photo showed an ordinary candle in a glass jar, but others pointed out that normal candle wax does not look that powdery.
Earlier on Saturday, Chief Best announced the city would suspend the use of tear gas for 30 days, after concerns were raised over its deployment against protesters.
Mayor Jenny Durkan, a Democrat, said there would also be a review of crowd control techniques involving “accountability partners” to “better emphasize de-escalation tactics.”
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