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LIVE - Seattle Police Declare Riot After Protesters Set Fire to Construction Site

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Above All That Drama
Above All That Drama
26 Jul 2020

SEATTLE - Seattle Police have declared Saturday's protest a riot and deployed so called less lethal munitions as a group of protesters clash with police.

While some protesters are clashing with police, many others have remained peaceful. Police say a group has launched rocks and explosives at officers at the intersection of 11th Avenue and East Pine Street.

Police say at least 16 protesters have been arrested for assault on officers, obstruction and failure to disperse. At least three officers have been injured. Police say one officer was taken to the hospital for a leg injury caused by an explosive, two other officers were treated and returned to duty.

A group of more than 1,000 protesters gathered on the campus of Seattle Central College in Capitol Hill around 1 p.m. Saturday in support of Portland protesters.

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The group rallied at the college on the intersection of East Pine Street and Broadway before marching past the Seattle Police East Precinct at East Pine Street and 12th Avenue.

The protest made it's way south towards the Central District of Seattle where the group stopped at the site of the King County Juvenile Detention Facility.

A demonstrator threw some sort of incendiary device into a window of a construction trailer at the youth jail on East Jefferson Street and 12th Avenue, causing the trailer to catch on fire.

Seattle Fire says a total of five trailers caught on fire.

Police say they have received reports of groups breaking out windows at businesses along 12th avenue as well as windows of vehicles and a King County court facility.

Because of the damage caused, police are now calling the protest a riot. Several arrests have been made.

Police say pepper spray and flash bangs have been used to disperse the crowds, but they have not used tear gas, an order Chief Carmen Best issued Saturday morning.

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