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On May 27th, 2020 Courthouse news published the headline, "Minneapolis Protest Breaks Out in Violence, One Dead," about a pawn shop owner who shot a protester to death on the second day widespread unrest and in the city of Minneapolis https://www.courthousenews.com/minneapolis-protest-breaks-out-in-violence-one-dead/
The article mentions five arrest, burglaries, a report which would begin a rapidly metastasizing "looter" narrative about widespread racial unrest and spontaneous protest against a rising police state that persists to this day
chemical and other weapons were deployed immediately
Protesters surrounded the local police precinct on the second day. A neighboring business, an Autozone, had already been set on fire and burned to the ground. The governor called in the national guard. Police guarded Chauvin the murderer's home from a huge, rapidly growing crowd.
On May 28th, a Washington Post video describes a tense siege situation at the police precinct. Cops stand guard on the roof. The windows and doors were boarded up overnight to keep out protesters. A crowd throws rocks at the building on camera. https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/protests-over-george-floyds-death-intensify-across-minneapolis/2020/05/28/c1dd12f2-e070-4162-ac43-0254f15d23a9_video.html
At 1:31 a.m., an hour into the 29th, CNN publishes a brutally short article that shocks the nation, titled simply "Protesters have set a Minneapolis police station on fire"
included is a link to an explosive video, seven minutes long, which proceeds to show a blazing inferno the once was a Minneapolis police precinct, and a cheering crowd of unprecedented size and intensity https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/george-floyd-protest-updates-05-28-20/h_58a4d4f3a5e1df02d0793755ae84d86a
Nationwide protests erupted immediately. Police violence ensued. America lived a decade in a week. In a night. And the police just kept killing people, particularly unarmed black people. Every city had a story to tell, of racism and rage and justice long due. This is just one.
A day prior, May 28th, local Seattle tv station Komo News ran a segment and article "Peaceful protest planned in Seattle this weekend after George Floyd's death" detailing the "The Defiant Walk of Resistance Against Police Brutality” scheduled for the 30th https://komonews.com/news/local/peaceful-protest-planned-in-seattle-this-weekend-after-george-floyds-death
Scheduled the following Saturday at 3p.m., the organizers were extremely specific about the goal of having a nonviolent demonstration, but immediately the Seattle Police Department threatened arrests in an announcement. Hundreds of protesters were expected to attend.
On May 29th, Komo news ran another article, this one now titled "Seattle protesters clash with police over death of George Floyd" but originally published under a different headline. https://komonews.com/news/local/protesters-gather-in-downtown-seattle-in-response-to-george-floyds-death
the article begins with links to several videos showing a tense standoff between SPD bike police and a rather small, rag-tag group of demonstrators, as well as a disclaimer that this protest has no connection to the one mentioned in the previous article
what follows is a breathless, live-updated series of reports interspersed with sporadic video updates.
8:35 p.m. The protest started at Hing Hay Park in the International District Chinatown. Protesters then walked into the downtown corridor chanting " I can't breathe" and "Black Lives Matter."
8:39 p.m.: Several blasts were heard in downtown Seattle.
8:42 p.m : Several people were seen trying to shatter the glass on downtown Seattle building.
8:45 p.m: Protesters are now stopped at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Marion Street in downtown Seattle. Video from the protest shows some of the protesters smashing windows of an Amazon Go grocery store. Other windows were tagged with the phrase "A.C.A.B."
8:50 p.m.: A line of police officers have formed in order to block demonstrators from advancing further
8:58 p.m.: Several protesters are gathered in the street, milling about. Part of the glass on the AmazonGo building at 920 5th Avenue is shattered.
9:15 p.m.: The protesters are moving again walking down 5th Avenue.
9:20 p.m.: Police officers on bikes are now moving protesters away from the intersection near the I-5 express lanes entrance at 5th Avenue and Cherry Street.
9:30 p.m.: Video from the protest appears to show one person in police custody.
9:38 p.m.: Seattle Fire Department "advising all downtown area business owners to immediately secure all open areas like outdoor seating areas, garages, dumpsters, and recycling bins as much as possible and to remove all combustibles that cannot be secured."
9:50 p.m.: Protesters are now walking past Seattle University with a banner that says "Death to the Klan" They are at 12th Street and Madison Avenue. This group is separate from the protest happening in downtown Seattle.
10:07 p.m.: Protesters downtown are now stopped at S Washington Street and 5th Avenue South. One man about a block away tried to unsuccessfully break a window of a storefront.
11:45 p.m.: Seattle Police East Precinct is going on lockdown.
11:57 p.m.: Protesters and police are moving down South Jackson Street.
The article ends abruptly, the last update, ominously:
12:45 a.m.: Protesters have smashed the windows at a Ferarri dealership at 12th Avenue and Union Street on Capitol Hill.
The next day, Komo news runs a segment originally titled, "Fires rage in Seattle protests," but the headline is later changed to "Protesters gather in Seattle for 2nd day of protests over george floyd death" and then again, to "After day of fiery protests, uneasy calm in Seattle"
The article begins with an incendiary video and photo gallery, and a short, blunt update as to the rapidly evolving situation in the city https://komonews.com/news/local/protesters-gather-in-seattle-for-2nd-day-of-protests-over-george-floyd-death
this rapidly evolving document originally began with a facebook video by Nick Popham, showing a large crowd gathered outside of the Seattle Police Department Headquarters https://www.facebook.com/12bd27d4-fe40-4314-9ec6-99628b4aab7c
The article and other local sources note that protesters appeared to begin gathering around 10a.m. in the Meadowbrook area and in smaller groups all over the city, and by 2p.m. had become a large mostly singular grouping of at least a thousand, maybe several thousand
A further note tells us a third demonstration, the "Defiant Walk of Resistance Against Injustice" event, the only one originally scheduled for this day, is set to begin at Westlake at 3p.m.
A series of semi-regular updates follows
UPDATE: 2 P.M.
Protesters chant "I can't breathe" and "hands up, don't shoot" as a large crowd of more than 1,000 demonstrators makes its way through the rain up and down 4th and 5th avenues in downtown Seattle. https://twitter.com/EricJensenTV/status/1266839567052623874
UPDATE: 3 P.M.
Flash bang grenades are heard detonating near Westlake Center, sending scores of people scattering. https://twitter.com/choeshow/status/1266847778442895363
UPDATE 3:25 P.M. I
Hundreds of people sing and pray for peace at Westlake Center in downtown Seattle, while just blocks away another group of protesters face off with Seattle police officers. https://twitter.com/choeshow/status/1266856047051857920
UPDATE: 4:20 P.M.
Protesters set a police car on fire at 5th Avenue and Pine Street in downtown Seattle as flash-bang grenades are detonated in the surrounding area. https://twitter.com/KellyKOMO4/status/1266871239030632448
4:49 P.M.: Mayor Durkan says she will be signing an emergency order and the City of Seattle will be imposing a 5 p.m. curfew soon. https://twitter.com/MayorJenny/status/1266878611669151744
4:50 PM: The Washington State Patrol closed both directions of Interstate 5 through downtown Seattle as a protest over the killing of George Floyd spilled onto the freeway Saturday afternoon. (cont. 1/)
"The freeway is not a safe or appropriate place for demonstration,” state patrol Chief John Batiste said in a statement. (2/)
Thousands of people gathered in downtown and a largely peaceful early afternoon rally turned rowdier, with police pepper spraying demonstrators and deploying flash bands. Police said arrests were made but an exact figure wasn’t available. (/3)
5:05 P.M.: The city just sent an emergency alert over cell phones. KOMO News crews say the crowd appears to be thinning out.
5:17 P.M. Bellevue fire responding to help Seattle Fire Department extinguish blazes. Chants of Black Lives Matter coming from the crowd.
5:24 PM: Gov. Jay Inslee activates the National Guard to help respond to the downtown Seattle protests. Inslee's statement: (cont. 1/)
"At the request of @CityofSeattle
I have activated 200 members of the @WANationalGuard
to help protect against property damage and manage crowds and traffic in downtown Seattle. They will be unarmed and work under the city's leadership. " (/2)
5:45 PM: All Seattle bound ferry service has been suspended as a result of downtown protests.
6:12 PM: City officials say two AR-15 style rifles were stolen from police. One has been recovered, which has been shown on KOMO News. But another one is still at large.
6:18 PM: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is speaking live to reporters, She said she has issued an emergency order that imposes a curfew that extends through Sunday night along with an order that prohibits possession of weapons. "These criminal acts will not be allowed to continue" 1/
..she said, while deploring the death of George Floyd in Minnesota at the hands of four police officers. /2
7:18 PM: KOMO News reporter Patrick Quinn says a small group of protesters remain in downtown Seattle but police appear to be in control of the situation now.
7:24 PM: Protesters have started looting downtown Seattle stores after shattering glass on storefronts including Urban Outfitters at 4th Avenue and Pike Street. Another vehicle fire has been reported in the area
7:34 PM: KOMO reporter Jonathan Choe is reporting a car fire at 4th Avenue and Pike Street with people going into stores grabbing merchandise.
7:48 PM: Seattle police have tweeted that they have recovered two AR-15 rifles stolen during the mayhem in downtown Seattle during protests earlier in the day.
8:37 PM: Many of the protesters in downtown Seattle have dispersed and several officers are standing in front of stores, many of them looted and ransacked during the unrest.
Article ends with the update-
8:48 PM: The Salvation Army’s City Hall Shelter relocating to Seattle Center’s Fisher Pavilion at 305 Harrison Street in Seattle after primary location was damaged during downtown protests.
The article has no byline, and begins with the following:
"Editor’s note: This is a live account of updates from demonstrations Saturday, May 30, as the day unfolded."
(photo Dean Rutz)
What follows is a quick summary of the day's events, and then a rapid, exhaustive series of live updates that go well into the night.
The first update begins, "In Seattle, protests beginning Friday evening stretched into early Saturday morning in downtown Seattle, where some individuals broke windows and clashed with police, resulting in several arrests."
(photo Amanda Snyder) https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/protest-updates-as-the-country-reacts-to-the-death-of-george-floyd-follow-the-latest-developments-in-seattle-and-elsewhere/#update-12810951
The Times' staff details a protest the night before
"A demonstration began around 7 p.m. at Hing Hay Park in Seattle’s Chinatown International District with protesters speaking out against police brutality -- the first of several planned demonstrations this weekend,"
The protest moved deeper into the city,
"Protesters moved into downtown Seattle, chanting "Black Lives Matter," "George Floyd" and "I can't breathe." A confrontation ensued with some individuals throwing fireworks, and Seattle police using pepper spray and flash bang devices 1/
to disperse crowds. Seven people were arrested Friday night, Seattle police said, on charges including an assault on an officer, failure to disperse, obstructing and resisting arrest. /2"
Two more scheduled protests are mentioned. One to honor the victims of recent police killings, including George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and another demonstration at SPD headquarters.
by 1:34p.m. the Times documents the first case of police violence against protesters, having occurred the previous night https://twitter.com/daeshikjr/status/1266639620940296192
Another clip shows an illegal chokehold being deployed against a protester being detained https://twitter.com/daeshikjr/status/1266639925547372544
Jim Brunner reports seven arrests were made in total Friday night
At 1:43p.m., Governor Jay Inslee pleads for "peaceful protests." He does not mention police violence. https://twitter.com/GovInslee/status/1266832690294124544
at 3:25, the Times reports a series of police attacks on demonstrators
Paige Cornwell reports the first I5 closing at 4:06 p.m.
at 4:29 the Times links a short, two minute video, showing police in full body armor and gas masks arrayed sometimes back to back in ranks against protesters in helmets wielding umbrellas as makeshift shields, in a scene that quickly calls to mind the recurring Hong Kong Protests
Behind the protesters, explosive canisters of chemical gas fly in at head height, filling the air with smoke
The video shows a minute straight a protesters washing out their eyes, ducking for cover and running from a long series of explosions, bright lights flash off screen, presumably flashbangs. Protesters cringe and it looks like they are struck by rubber bullets.
With a hard cut, the video switches to the busted out roof of a car. Protesters dance atop it. Later, it is seen on fire.
Protesters and police fill the streets for as far as the eye can see.
A few minutes later, the protesters have acquired many more umbrellas and use them to provide overhead cover from the continuing explosions as gas canisters land around them over the course of the day.
6:21 P.M. Paul Roberts uploads a video showing SPD deploying teargas in streets that do not even have protesters present, simply flooding the streets with chemical smoke to clear out even random pedestrians https://twitter.com/Pauledroberts/status/1266901775598055424
At 6:56 Paul reports a standoff at 7th and Pine between SPD and protesters https://twitter.com/Pauledroberts/status/1266908621780074496
Paul Greenstone also reported police actively pursuing ever small groups of protesters for at best dubious tactical gain. https://twitter.com/evergreenstone/status/1266906025145151488
As day turns to night, King County Sheriff's deputies are seen in armored vehicles patrolling the streets. https://twitter.com/Pauledroberts/status/1266942175893286913
At 11:51, the Times reports ongoing police response to calls about multiple break ins and looting in downtown.
By 1:16 a.m., Heidi Groover reports 27 arrests
At 9:35 P.M., Seattle Times published another piece, this one titled "Protests, then pandemonium: Seattle takes to the streets over death of George Floyd"
More a general review, new details did emerge lost in the flood of news coming out from the streets https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/sadness-fury-violence-in-seattle-over-death-of-george-floyd-durkan-calls-for-curfew-national-guard/
For example, two assault rifles were liberated from police vehicles and later recovered by SPD. No additional details given.
The article notes the liberal use of pepper spray by SPD against otherwise peaceful protesters
SPD use of flashbangs on an unarmed civilian population is also confirmed.
SPD claims officers were injured.
At least one physical attack is documented when an SPD pushes a demonstrator to the pavement.
Incredible imagery from the protests quickly captured the nation's attention.
One officer attempted to choke and immobilize a demonstrator but another cop walks over on video and stops him. https://www.newsweek.com/video-shows-seattle-cop-drag-fellow-officers-knee-off-mans-neck-during-protest-1507937
The unrest is not just limited to Seattle. All across the country, reporters cite the greatest unrest in decades. In living memory. https://www.wsj.com/articles/george-floyd-protests-minneapolis-11590844180
In Seattle, large protests continued well into the night. Smaller groups of demonstrators kept mobile but stayed in the streets till dawn. The local news ceased it's breathless, hour by hour reporting, despite the continuing and even escalating unrest.
When local and national efforts to have police literally physically kneel alongside protesters, a play straight from U.S. counterinsurgency tactics deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, failed as spectacularly as similar ploys did abroad, SPD resumed attacking protesters outright
The article continues, breaking down the City and surrounding area by region.
King 5 reports a total of 57 arrests so far.
regional reporting indicates the curfew has been extended beyond downtown to the entire city of Seattle and even further into the surrounding Puget Sound area
A local ABC news affiliate reported that $20,000 worth of medical gear was stolen by SPD. There is no corroboration. https://abc3340.com/news/nation-world/highway-shut-down-as-new-protests-begin-in-seattle
Komo news reports the police are now "protecting the East Precinct at all costs"
Curfews continued across the region. Additional protests spring up in cities all over the Puget Sound, but none are as large or as chaotic - or met with as much police violence - or covered as extensively as those in Seattle.
by 9:35p.m. protest coverage is beginning to be nearly exclusively focused on the East Precinct, where police have formed Roman Legion-style ranks to defend the block from a shoulder to shoulder crowd now spilling out for several streets in every direction https://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2020/06/seattle-under-curfew-again-as-fourth-night-of-protests-planned/
A video posted to reddit captures the precise moment explosives are fired into the crowd from a clear, bird's eye vantage https://www.reddit.com/r/Seattle/comments/gv0ru3/this_is_the_moment_it_all_happened/
additional video shows the police liberally and indiscriminately pepper-spraying the crowd https://twitter.com/banksa1686/status/1267683448518373377
despite unprovoked - according to overwhelming volumes of video evidence - attacks by the police, Mayor Durkan blamed violence at the protest on outside agitators, stating 'white men are responsible' for much of the violence and destruction' across the US https://www.businessinsider.com/seattle-mayor-white-men-responsible-violence-destruction-george-floyd-2020-6
SPD released a tweet regarding the attack, claiming that protesters had thrown various items at police and attempted to breach the barricades in place around the East Precinct. https://twitter.com/SeattlePD/status/1267675251757821952
Local station Kiro 7 reports that the protesters retreat "downtown," but tweets and social media posts indicate protester activity in and around Cal Anderson park all night long as well. https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/seattle-police-declare-capitol-hill-protest-riot/TQ3ERB6P5RCBBLECHZANWDUUUE/
On June 2nd, 2020, the Washington Post published a story, "Trump mobilizes military in Washington, threatens to use troops to quell protests across U.S." detailing the President of the United States' authorization of military force in Washington, DC. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-mobilizes-military-threatens-to-use-troops-to-quell-protests-across-us/2020/06/01/10212832-a416-11ea-bb20-ebf0921f3bbd_story.html
President Trump threatened to use the United States Armed Forces to quell the protests, declaring himself, "the President of Law and Order."
at 11:12 a.m., the Intercept published an article detailing a long history of police infiltrating protest movements to instigate violence and intentionally escalate conditions on the ground https://theintercept.com/2020/06/02/history-united-states-government-infiltration-protests/
By noon, Governor Inslee had responded to Trump's threats, the Associated Press reports.
Noteworthy that like all official reporting of the night, coverage ends at precisely one minute to midnight. Further reports about the nights' activities come only second hand from protester's social media accounts.
Inset video shows a night and day of police attacks on protesters, with once again no evidence of any violence towards police to justify it. K5 notes this is the fifth continuous night of protesting.
The reporting is confused. There's a clear effort here to erase the active voice in police actions. To frame violence against protesters as a self-determined event, the fault of no individual actor.
At 4:15 P.M. the Mayor and Police Chief scheduled a press conference to speak to protesters and "organizers" directly. https://sccinsight.com/2020/06/02/mayor-spd-chief-sfd-chief-meet-with-protesters-hold-press-conference-on-protests/
For various reasons, the press conference did not actually begin until 5:45.
nb- mayor durkan - chief best - press conference - notes
nb- mayor durkan - chief best - press conference - ap report https://apnews.com/1b08eba617cb83f66c15316d8e2d3fef
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