UPDATE: Citywide 5 pm curfew, other emergency orders, after downtown demonstrators turn violent; some WS businesses closing early

5:04 PM: Mayor Jenny Durkan has just ordered a 5 pm citywide curfew – minutes before 5 pm – because downtown protests have turned destructive and dangerous.

5:22 PM: Here’s the mayor’s news release:

Mayor Jenny A. Durkan, Police Chief Carmen Best, and Fire Chief Harold Scoggins announced an 5:00 p.m. curfew effective today, May 30 and tomorrow, May 31. Mayor Durkan will soon be signing an emergency order. The curfew will be in effect from 5:00 pm – 5:00 am, and during those hours residents and visitors should remain in their residence to the extent possible and should refrain from traveling in and through Seattle. The curfew is intended to prevent violence and widespread property damage, and to prevent the further community spread of COVID-19 through continued gathering.

“While most of those protests were peaceful, there have been isolated but significant events of violence and destruction. This temporary curfew is intended to preserve the health and safety of our residents by keeping our streets safe and accessible for essential workers and first responders and preventing the further spread of COVID-19,” said Mayor Durkan.

The temporary curfew does not impact people who need to commute to work during these hours, people experiencing homelessness, people in a medical emergency or people in a dangerous situation, first responders, health care workers, and the news media. In addition, the curfew does not require businesses to close while it is in effect, and it will not alter public transit schedules. The Mayor and Chiefs ask all residents and visitors to voluntarily abide by the curfew. The City does not intend to enforce the curfew, except for violations that result in public health and safety threats including fires, extensive property damage, and violence.

Today, the Seattle Police Department, Seattle Fire Department, and Seattle Department of Transportation monitored the demonstrations and stood ready to provide assistance, manage traffic impacts, and preserve health and safety. Staff from Seattle Parks and Recreation and the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods were downtown distributing hundreds of disposable masks to demonstrators.

5:25 PM: From the governor:

Gov. Jay Inslee today activated up to 200 members of the Washington National Guard in response to a request from the City of Seattle to help protect against property damage and manage crowds and traffic during downtown protests. Guard personnel will be unarmed and work under the direction of City of Seattle leadership.

The guard was activated by a letter from the governor to Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, commander of the Washington National Guard, as demonstrations were underway in Seattle protesting the death of George Floyd in Minnesota earlier this week.

“The National Guard is on stand by to assist the Seattle Police Department as requested by Mayor Durkan,” Inslee said. “They will be unarmed and assist with infrastructure protection and crowd movement. They will only be utilized if absolutely necessary and we appreciate their efforts to help in this important work.”

5:45 PM: The mayor is speaking with reporters at 6 pm. We’ll be phoning into that and will add notes.

6:10 PM: Still awaiting the mayor. Note that (as discussed in comments) at least a few West Seattle businesses have closed early because of the curfew – please let us know of any others (westseattleblog@gmail.com, or text 206-293-6302). We’ll build a list here:
Meeples Games
Zeeks Pizza
Trader Joe’s
(adding as we hear of others)

6:18 PM: “For most of today, the demonstrators were peaceful,” says the mayor. “Unfortunately, in the late afternoon, (protests) downtown turned destructive and violent.” She draws a clear line between those who protested peacefully earlier, and those who turned violent later. The violent acts do not honor George Floyd, she notes, and won’t be tolerated. “We will take all steps necessary to protect residents and property …” She has issued three emergency orders: A civil emergency and a prohibition on weapons use, as well as the curfew tonight and tomorrow. (You can watch on Seattle Channel.) Both the mayor and fire chief have explained that firefighters were delayed from getting to some of the set fires downtown because it was unsafe.

After a few minutes of mayoral, police, and fire statements, it’s Q&A. First one: The timing of the curfew. The mayor says the 5 pm time was set at SPD’s recommendation “to get people safely home.” The mayor also notes that the statewide stay-home order hasn’t expired yet so people should be staying home anyway. In another response, she again differentiates the peaceful protesters who rallied earlier and those who “hijacked” the demonstration later and caused “such destruction and chaos.” The latter will not be allowed to eclipse “the message of hope, justice, and love,” she insists. She is then asked about earlier videos that appeared to show police using force, and she says that will be reviewed. But she also says force used against officers was not appropriate either.

In closing at 6:38 pm, she reiterates support for those who are grieving, and for their right to protest, but vows to restore order “and hold those people accountable” who caused the “chaos and destruction.” She says they don’t know yet if, like some other cities, those who caused it were from out of town.

6:48 PM: Details of the mayoral orders are here – the emergency declaration is here, and the weapons-use ban is here – that one is NOT citywide, and spells out a specific area (downtown).

8:25 PM: In case you were wondering: We just drove through the West Seattle business districts. Looked like most restaurants that are open for takeout/delivery this time of night were still open. Streets were relatively empty.

12:43 AM: Detailed Metro alert from late Saturday night:

Metro buses are not serving the downtown core area between Denny Way and Edgar Martinez Dr S, due to the events currently taking place in that area in conjunction with the City of Seattle’s curfew.

Metro riders are advised to avoid the downtown area, be aware of conditions in their immediate vicinity that my change quickly, revise travel plans as needed, and most importantly, stay safe.

As of 9:00 PM and until the end of service, including late night routes that operate after 1:00 AM, Metro plans the following, however, changes could occur without notice:

Routes 7 and 49 are staying east of downtown Seattle along Broadway and Boren through the Capitol Hill and First Hill areas.
Routes 10 and 12 are canceled.
Route 36 is turning back at S Jackson Street and will not serve Queen Anne.
Routes heading toward downtown from the north end will turn back or be rerouted at – or near – Denny Way, and will not continue into downtown Seattle. Board these routes northbound at stops north of Denny Way.
Routes heading toward downtown from the south end will turn back or be rerouted at – or near – Edgar Martinez Dr S, and will not continue into downtown Seattle. Board these routes southbound at stops south of Edgar Martinez Dr S.
Most routes (except trolley routes) that normally travel through downtown Seattle to continue as other routes – such as routes 5 and 21 or 24 and 124 – will continue to their destinations at each end, but will travel via non-stop routing that avoids the downtown core area.
Routes 40, 70 and the RapidRide D Line will serve their stops on Sixth Avenue S, but will not serve downtown Seattle south of Denny Way.
Metro Route 41 and Sound Transit Express Route 522 are not traveling south of Northgate Transit Center; riders who need to go south from there can transfer to Route 40 or other service, depending on their destination.
Eastside I-90 routes are terminating at Mercer Island and not continuing to downtown Seattle.
Eastside SR 520 routes are terminating at the South Kirkland P&R, except for Metro Route 255 and ST Route 545, which are continuing to the University District.
Link light rail is operating, but with some station closures and changing conditions; check Sound Transit Link alerts.

Use regularly published timetables, but expect likely significant delays during the operation described above. Predicted departure times in customer information apps will not be accurate.

Metro expects to operate regularly scheduled service at the start of Sunday morning. Watch for updates during the day on Sunday.

97 Replies to "UPDATE: Citywide 5 pm curfew, other emergency orders, after downtown demonstrators turn violent; some WS businesses closing early"

  • LyndaB May 30, 2020 (5:07 pm)

    Stay safe.  Just got the alert on my phone just now.  ❤ 

  • Hauhaunani May 30, 2020 (5:09 pm)

    From where I was which was right downtown fifth and Cherry there was absolutely no violence physical or destruction of property.  Not at all. I obviously cannot speak to areas at which I was not present.  Where I was, in the overall group of probably a few hundred people People were standing and people were chanting. Heard loud booms and saw police advancing at which point we literally ran. Police were blocking people from dispersing. 

    • WSB May 30, 2020 (5:16 pm)

      I’d been listening to the police back frequencies all day – the demonstrations for most of today (and also last night) were relatively uneventful. Things deteriorated about an hour ago.

      • Hauhaunani May 30, 2020 (6:20 pm)

        They escalated elsewhere downtown but there were absolutely pockets of 100s of people, such as the one I was in, who were attacked by the police fully unprovoked. It’s very unfortunate. 

        • GAM May 30, 2020 (7:13 pm)

          King 5 interviewed the peaceful protesters and all was well until Antifa/Anarchist showed up.    Unfortunately,  this radical group caused the message to change from the horrible treatment of Mr. Floyd to one of about wanton senseless destruction of our city.    

          • Brian May 30, 2020 (8:21 pm)

            You just love to see it. 

  • ws resident May 30, 2020 (5:12 pm)

    I got the alert about the curfew on my phone. I wasn’t sure if the curfew was citywide or just downtown Seattle.

    • WSB May 30, 2020 (5:13 pm)

      It’s citywide. I’m adding the mayoral news release with more details.

  • dhg May 30, 2020 (5:21 pm)

    That’s too extreme.  Here we are in bucolic West Seattle and, with no advance notice, we have a curfew?

    • Sunflower May 30, 2020 (5:40 pm)

      I think they made the curfew citywide so that protesters don’t just shift to other areas. Protesters were on the freeway, 4 cars were set on fire downtown, shop windows broken, looting, etc.

  • Christina Hill May 30, 2020 (5:21 pm)

    Hold up.  I work nights so I was literally woke by the alert.  I can’t get groceries?  I’m on the city county line, is it safe to go south to get groceries/food?  How am I supposed to go to work? 

    • WSB May 30, 2020 (5:29 pm)

      I’ve added the full mayoral announcement. It includes exceptions, including people commuting to/from work. I have not seen anything regarding county action so far – monitoring all online channels.

  • West Seattle resident May 30, 2020 (5:29 pm)

    Are we allowed to go to the store in West Seattle?

  • Admiral junction lady May 30, 2020 (5:31 pm)

    Are West Seattle stores and restaurants closing? 

    • WSB May 30, 2020 (5:56 pm)

      So far I’ve seen one business (Meeples) say via Twitter that they’re closing early.

      • Duffy May 30, 2020 (8:10 pm)

        How was meeples even open? Are they essential?

        • WSB May 30, 2020 (8:24 pm)

          They have food and drink, always have. Also, many shops have had curbside pickup.

        • Laura May 30, 2020 (10:40 pm)

          We’ve been doing curbside pickup of games only – no food – during phase 1.  The restaurant and store  are closed until at least phase 2. We have an online store. We closed early so that my staff could get home safely. Some don’t live in West Seattle. 

        • Tiffany Haynes May 30, 2020 (11:54 pm)

          My question exactly! The heck??

  • Mj May 30, 2020 (5:44 pm)

    Semantically does the curfew apply to non residents of Seattle.  And why would it apply in WS and other non DT areas?  

    • WSB May 30, 2020 (5:55 pm)

      I haven’t seen the actual document. A citywide curfew would ostensibly be aimed at being sure trouble didn’t break out elsewhere.

      • rac May 30, 2020 (8:26 pm)

        Curfew just makes it easier to arrest people.  But they aren’t going to arrest you for going to the supermarket to get milk and eggs.  Go about your lives. 

  • Toph May 30, 2020 (5:47 pm)

    Is there any reason a bus would kick all riders off?  I was just told by a friend that the bus they were on to leave West Seattle to go home (north, unfortunately) kicked everyone off at the low bridge

    • WSB May 30, 2020 (6:37 pm)

      Only thing I can think of is that the low bridge was scheduled to close at 6 pm for the originally scheduled maintenance …

    • AMD May 30, 2020 (6:56 pm)

      Metro announced they’re not operating downtown.  I would assume your friend’s route ended in an arbitrary place because of the emergency restriction.  They’re going to have to go the long way around, or find a place to stay the night here in West Seattle.  https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WAKING/bulletins/28e45b0

    • bill May 30, 2020 (9:50 pm)

      Just heard from a friend, an Alki resident. She was coming home from visiting her daughter in Edmonds and was kicked off the bus in SLU. Took her three hours to walk to a bus stop in SODO through the rioting. Sure, maybe there were other things she could have done, but Metro should not be dumping people on the edge of a riot zone!

  • WSDUDEMAN May 30, 2020 (6:03 pm)

    Wow. Shocker. Seattle should have announced zero tolerance for this behavior that takes away from George Floyd’s death. 

    • heartless May 30, 2020 (7:43 pm)

      You wouldn’t even know his name if not for this anger.

      • Smittytheclown May 31, 2020 (7:35 am)

        I knew his name the day after it happened.  It was all over the news.  

        • Christine May 31, 2020 (10:53 am)

          How are you protesting his death?

  • Anonymous Coward May 30, 2020 (6:05 pm)

    Why don’t we just raise our drawbridges and call it good here in West Seattle?

    • East Coast Cynic May 30, 2020 (6:25 pm)

      With the high bridge out of service, we’re much of the way there, even without a curfew.

  • Gina May 30, 2020 (6:05 pm)

    Target in Westwood Village closed early.  I was one of the last shoppers at 5:00 p.m. who went through the line.  

  • Wes C Addle May 30, 2020 (6:17 pm)

    I was at the protest and Westlake Park.  It was peaceful on 4th and Pine.  You could see the smoke and hear the grenades, but it was amazingly calm. The troublemakers were mainly outsiders and street kids from what I saw and overheard. 

  • just wondering May 30, 2020 (6:23 pm)

    Throwing fireworks, breaking windows and looting is anarchy!

    • Jay May 30, 2020 (6:41 pm)

      I suppose you feel the same way about throwing tea into a harbor 

      • Deborah May 30, 2020 (7:32 pm)

        I was watching local media stream live from downtown. The vast majority of persons throwing Molotov cocktails, engaging in violence, breaking windows and looting stores were young white men. To me, it sure looked like a peaceful protest by our local community had been hijacked by a bunch of anarchists. And it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if investigators later discover that a large number of those anarchists came from some distance outside Seattle. Seemed to really be a bunch of deplorables getting a two-for-one: blowing sh*t up while disrailing and hijacking the message from a peaceful rally for racial justice. 

        • Matt P May 30, 2020 (8:53 pm)

          A lot of those arrested in Minnesota were from out of town.  It’s sad that there are so many who love nothing more than stoking violence and hate.

        • Jo May 30, 2020 (9:59 pm)

          “The anarchists came from out of town.”Nah. Seattle’s always been known for its anarchists. Pretty much the first time the country saw a black bloc was here during WTO.

      • Just wondering May 30, 2020 (8:37 pm)

        That was a protest. How is looting clothes from Old Navy the same?  And stealing a cheesecake?

      • wscommuter May 31, 2020 (11:50 am)

        Yes … nothing reeks of civil disobedience in the name of justice like breaking into stores and running out with armloads of stolen merchandise and destroying the property of people who had nothing to do with abusive police action.  Way to connect those dots.  I feel sad today for all the protesters who’s message about challenging racism and police abuse is being hijacked by these idiots.  The media narrative is now about the looting and violence and not about combating racism.  Another win for Donald Trump.  

        • Pelicans May 31, 2020 (2:06 pm)

          Not a fan of him, but how in the h*ll can you pin this sh*t show downtown on Trump? You’re really reaching, sherlock. Find another whipping boy.

    • Ally May 30, 2020 (6:53 pm)

      Police killing unarmed people and firing on media and protesters is anarchy. Focus on people being killed –  property can be replaced.

      • k May 30, 2020 (7:28 pm)

        Ally, loss of life in such a manner is absolutely disheartening.  What is also disheartening is watching the willful destruction of our community and seeing someone like you condoning it.  Community, and along with it, actually caring about your surroundings and fellow neighbors is what you should be focusing on and what will ultimately drive long term change.  I would encourage you to think more about how many lives are negatively affected by the actions of the looters/ rioters.

        • heartless May 30, 2020 (7:42 pm)

          uh, no, “K”, protests are not as disheartening as murder by cops.  You’re simply wrong.

          • k May 30, 2020 (8:48 pm)

            @Heartless, for the record I never said protests.  I said  looters and rioters.  Peaceful protests and demonstrations are the model we should be encouraging at a time like this.  I am merely saying that looting and property damage does not solve the problem and is actually demonstrating that one is not at all interested in truly implementing long term change.  Does a newly looted North Face coat really do anything to address the issue? If you think it does, please enlighten us all.  As I watch the news tonight,  I personally know multiple people who will have to clean up this damage tomorrow or may not be lucky enough to keep their jobs for much longer due to the mounting losses from both the pandemic and tonight’s incident. People who have already been in fear every day for the last few months whether or not they will still be employed tomorrow.  I feel for the struggles these people may face in the near future.  The retail industry has been decimated recently and “just finding another job” is not exactly easy. It is easy to attribute the damage to affecting only big companies, but you must also think about the people who depend on these companies for their livelihoods.  If you really care making life better tomorrow,  you would care about the wellbeing of your neighbors. I don’t know about you, but I would rather live in a community where we care about the wellbeing of our fellow neighbors and work together to make life a little bit better each day- rather than tearing each other down.  

          • AJP May 30, 2020 (9:19 pm)

            The retail industry has insurance for losses such as these. They will be fine. They will continue to hand out millions of dollars in bonuses to their CEOs while they lay off hundreds of staff. Don’t let retail industry losses keep you from sleeping tonight.

          • heartless May 30, 2020 (10:29 pm)

            K, all I know is that I’ve never seen you post decrying police brutality and systemic racism, but I have seen you rue a North Face jacket being looted.

            I don’t know what else to say.

          • K May 30, 2020 (11:40 pm)

            Heartless, I don’t know what else there is to say either. I just feel that violence is never the answer. I don’t understand why you feel it is reasonable to hurt other innocent people when it does absolutely nothing to address the issue at hand. 

          • heartless May 31, 2020 (8:56 am)

            K, I respect your stance that violence is never the answer.  Some days I’d agree wholeheartedly with it, but sometimes I think that a dedicated and careful avoidance of all violence can further mute already silent voices. 

            Given how many seem to join protests to foment chaos these days, I am not sure any large scale protest is safe from inviting (allowing?) aspects of violence–but I am not sure the answer is to abandon such protests.

            And I do worry when I see posts about protests that start with ‘Of course it was awful that a man died, BUT’ and then follow with complaints about how bad it is that a few people smashed store fronts and stole jackets.  I just don’t see the reverse much, where someone starts with ‘Of course it’s awful that property was damaged, BUT’ and then follows with complaints about police and brutality and how awful our society is for so many.

            And I find that discrepancy exhausting.


          • Felix Grounds May 31, 2020 (10:52 am)

            Somebody should tell the cops that violence is never the answer.

        • Margot May 30, 2020 (7:46 pm)

          I’m more concerned about loss of life than loss of property.

        • M May 30, 2020 (8:24 pm)

          The police have executed and imprisioned black americans with impunity for decades. A few burned cop cars and broken windows don’t begin to compare. If Floyd were my father, brother, or son I would want the whole world to burn. And Target and Old Navy have insurance, I won’t shed tears for the stolen home mechandise. 

      • My two cents ... May 30, 2020 (7:32 pm)

        @ally what justifies this type of damage and carnage to Seattle? 

      • Lina May 30, 2020 (7:50 pm)

        @Ally YES!  The bodies of black and brown people are being looted ever damn day.  Property can be replaced, lives lost to police brutality cannot.  

  • M May 30, 2020 (8:04 pm)

    K- well said. No defense or excuse for the tragic death in MN but how anyone can even begin to defend what is going on in our beautiful city I cannot understand. This is pure anarchy. Many will not be happy until Seattle is completely ruined. 

    • Alkires May 30, 2020 (8:49 pm)

      It’s so unfortunate that the story goes from being about George Floyd, police brutality and the huge peaceful protests to looting and who is doing it. This does not honor his legacy and is against his families and protest organizers wishes. It has the added insult of giving Trump and white nationalists and anarchists fuel to their fire and diverts the conversation of what the actual core problem is – systemic racism. 

      • AJP May 30, 2020 (9:21 pm)

        A lot of the actual damage being done is by white supremacists. 

        • Bratz May 31, 2020 (12:08 am)

          Just about any time there’s a protest/march in Seattle, the brats come up from Eugene and break glass and tip cars.  They don’t care about the reason for the protest,  which party is in office, or who gets hurt or blamed. They are like spoiled teenagers who show up uninvited at house parties to start fights and destroy property.  I’m not saying there are no white supremacists involved this time, but this has been going on for decades with the so-called anarchists.

  • flimflam May 30, 2020 (8:08 pm)

    how, exactly, did the mayor expect all of those people to simply vanish from downtown because she decided to announce a curfew about 10 minutes ahead of time? as usual, the city “leaders” know nothing about real time problem solving.—-also, i’ve been here long enough to have experienced the WTO “riots” – those were also largely peaceful until police started using tear gas and tried forcing people to move. total disgrace, as well as Inslee calling in the military. shame on him.

    • HD May 30, 2020 (9:10 pm)

      The military cannot be used against US citizens! They called in an unarmed National Guard and NOT the military. Please get your facts straight! 

      • Nora May 30, 2020 (9:53 pm)

        They were “shooting blanks” at Kent State too 🙄

        • HD May 30, 2020 (10:14 pm)

          I don’t know what that has to do with the current situation. The National Guard called on by the mayor is unarmed.

        • Chemist May 31, 2020 (12:20 pm)

          narrator voice:  The Ohio National Guard were not shooting blanks from the rifles and shotguns at Kent State.  The bayonets attached to rifles were not rubber props either.

    • Billy May 30, 2020 (9:15 pm)

      He called in the unarmed National Guard. LOL Some people complain no matter what, better to let the violence continue? It’s a way to document the rules (see the actual text, they aren’t stopping and frisking) and a dispersed mob is no longer a mob. Sad it turned out this way today. But much sadder that black people get harassed and murdered Every day. As far as people blaming anti-fascist groups, there were many calls on Reddit and elsewhere to right-wing/nationalist groups to cause trouble…the conservative-leaning “my northwest.com” called them antifa immediately. Psychic journalism or bias? Time will tell.

  • T May 30, 2020 (8:35 pm)

    Under the curfew, am I allowed to drive to Bellevue from Seattle ?  Are 520 and I90 closed?

  • John Q Lincoln May 30, 2020 (10:01 pm)

    These are not protests.  Violent, destructive idiots burning cars, breaking windows, looting stores. This disgraces the memory of George Floyd.

    • Christine May 31, 2020 (10:34 am)

      What are you doing to honor his memory then?

      • John Q Lincoln May 31, 2020 (4:44 pm)

        For starters, NOT destroying my community.  Being kind to my neighbors and spreading peace one conversation at a time.   What are you doing btw?

  • Ant May 30, 2020 (10:09 pm)

    Organizing, influencing, and voting brings real change. Breaking windows and stealing cellphone cases from the ATT store is a distraction and fodder for elected officials to continue their inaction. 

  • MS May 30, 2020 (10:22 pm)

    The ignorance of so many is astounding.  The riots just gave more votes to Trump.  Way to go morons.

    • Ice May 31, 2020 (1:12 am)

      I really don’t think anything that happened tonight changed your opinion on anything.

  • Kimberly Yamanaka May 30, 2020 (11:17 pm)

    Hi!! Want to join with other Seattleites to help Downtown and our business owners! Please let me know if you hear of any efforts or if you have any ideas. Want to help make the memory of this atrocity all the great people who came forward to help vs all the horrible violence that just happened. 

    • Sunflower May 30, 2020 (11:57 pm)

      👍 I’m thinking of heading down there tomorrow with work gloves and trash bags to see if I can help with clean up.

    • Frog May 31, 2020 (11:08 am)

      As a “lesser Seattle” guy, I don’t mind much if the central city is destroyed.  Sure, we have sentimental memories of shopping and dining there in the old days, but with the cost of living now, and lack of transport, that’s all gone.  Nothing else has been able to stop overbuilding of the city, so maybe give BLM and Antifa a chance.  Still, I am surprised by the cavalier attitude of some commenters here who seem to think that destroyed property can always be replaced, they have insurance, etc.  Nuh-uh.  It’s easy to cite examples (Newark, Detroit, Baltimore) where cities never recovered from rioting.  I am not sure if looters and rioters can be trusted to strike exactly the right balance in Seattle — enough destruction to stop growth of the city and maybe send it slightly into reverse, but not so much as to cause a downward spiral.  After the Visigoths sacked Rome in 410, real estate prices stayed down for a long time.

  • A May 30, 2020 (11:20 pm)

    Actually… as a business owner who has paid a A LOT for insurance (to cover lack of business… i.e NO SALES.. but NO, because it’s a virus, it isn’t covered)… I fully welcome all you protestors to destroy my downtown business space so that I can make a claim.  Throw in the towel.  Burn it down.  Give me a reason to be able to make a claim!  My insurance company won’t allow the claim unless there is “physical” damage to the space…So- get in there!  Burn it down!  Kill two birds with one stone!  And- I agree with the protest!  Get er done!

    • John Q Lincoln May 31, 2020 (12:21 am)

      Do it yourself if that’s how you feel.

    • B May 31, 2020 (2:14 am)

      Insurance fraud is a crime, and almost certainly a felony in cases of arson. I would hope comments advocating for illegal activity are against this site’s policy, and will be removed.

      Beyond that, the authenticity of the post seems dubious amid the amount of disinformation being spread in association with the protests and potentially valid official claims of disingenuous actors incentivized to propagate illegal activity and destruction for reasons unrelated to George Floyd’s death or racial inequity.

  • Sunflower May 30, 2020 (11:37 pm)


    In support of justice for George Floyd and for all people of color

    Good night, take care, and stay safe

    • sc May 31, 2020 (12:47 pm)

      “Start where you are. Do what you can. With what you have.” – Arthur Ashe

  • 22blades May 31, 2020 (4:14 am)

    I think it would be more constructive to hear from a female black Police Chief that navigated the system to the top than a mayor that, just days ago, was talking about rolling back police oversight from the Department of Justice. This the disconnect that people are upset about: the imbalance of accountability., the breakdown of trust of the people entrusted to protect us. Protesters versus rioters: Constructive protesters are the first to reject rioters from their ranks. Nuanced police departments have worked this effectively. They also don’t show up at the doorstep in full metal jackets. The optics of law enforcement in Seattle seems to have evolved not one inch towards de-escalation since the WTO, a concept that still seems to escape many law enforcement agencies. Military cosplay of local law enforcement is hardly de-escalation. Thank you for the opportunity to voice my views.

  • Andrey Dumin May 31, 2020 (6:35 am)

    Reading some of these comments makes me wonder if the tone would change is “peaceful protesters” marched from downtown to Alki and behaved in the same manner as they did. 

  • PW May 31, 2020 (7:11 am)

    These are paid professional  riot protestors who are suppose to cause damage  and injury. They plan these events and know exactly what they are doing across the country.  Whether you agree this is what it is. Minnesota even acknowledged these thugs were from out of State.The City continues to watch from afar until it is too late as noted above. The curfew should have been  in place and downtown blocked.  

  • Smittytheclown May 31, 2020 (9:15 am)

    Who would we contact to have graffiti removed from the Charlestown water tower?  Seattle Public Utilities?  Maybe I will just paint it myself.  If you don’t get arrested for damaging stuff I can’t imagine you can get arrested for cleaning it up?  

  • Sunflower May 31, 2020 (10:20 am)

    I went down earlier and helped clean downtown, so that people of color protestors have a cleaner space, if they return today.

    I am happy to help clean up again and as long as we need, if that’s what it takes to allow their voices to be heard, and if it helps even a little with some healing.

    I do not condone or encourage any violence, destruction, looting, etc. that occurred. But we cannot allow that to silence those who need to be heard. The negative fallout of the protest is NOT where we should be primarily focusing right now. I hope that noise doesn’t stop oppressed voices from rising. 

    Peace and love to communities of color, you have my support.

  • René May 31, 2020 (10:29 am)

    You need to change your headline from “protesters” to “protests”. This headline is inaccurate, accusatory and even incendiary.  There were thousands of people out protesting until the protest itself turned violent for many factors. That it may have been perpetuated by some does not capture the complexities of the situation and unless you’re going to cover those, you should report more neutrally. I’m sure many will want to argue whatever they want to this, and I don’t care. 

  • Jessica_Annonymously May 31, 2020 (11:02 am)

    Wow.So I must say, YES To heartless.And seriously none of you were here, I live here and it was a peaceful protest, then a boom, protesters running and officers trying to stop them. 150 people maybe? And to compare a business owners product loss to not just the corrupt, unproductive, and unjust system that used fist while George Floyd begged for his mother and nobody did anything on tape and your saying shame on people who find this world to be true and this country to be soulnessYou are comparing money, or someone not being able to go to Hawaii next week or , God forbid, have to do insurance claims to a human life? Go sit and stare at a tree until you get it.The level of this countries cultural ineptitude is a disgusting reality.But hey, them clothes stores pay taxes… So how dare 150 people protest against police brutality.Facebook Jessica Rochelle. Let’s argue.

  • DRG May 31, 2020 (11:27 am)

    Is vandalism ideal? Of course not. But if you’re more upset about property damage than the institutional racism and abuse that led to things reaching this point, you need to do some soul-searching. People are more important than property.

  • John Q Lincoln May 31, 2020 (11:47 am)

    No one is more upset about the violent rioting than racial injustice.  Of course people are more important than property.  Point is the looting does nothing to further the cause.  Has the opposite effect.

    • Zark00 May 31, 2020 (1:05 pm)

      I used to agree with you, the looting etc. Only hurts the cause… I dont think that is right anymore. The current administration has upped the game, they ordered up a war and they got it. The president told us all that he condones shooting looters, I believe that a complete lack of leadership like that, leads to police emboldened to attack journalists and other terrible halmarks of a tyranical government. Hes trying to shut down twitter so they cannot speak the truth about him. There will be more riots and they will be worse. Trump pushed people into desperation, we’re all now reaping what he sowed.  Hope the tax breaks were worth the destruction of our democracy and safety. Trump made America dangerous again.

      • DRG May 31, 2020 (3:34 pm)

        Exactly, Zark00.

      • Bradley May 31, 2020 (5:37 pm)

        Trump 2020🇺🇸

  • AdmiralBridge May 31, 2020 (12:14 pm)

    I’m really astonished at people saying that we’re soulless racists because we’re upset about people destroying our city.  Most of us have been part of a city that has been massively progressive and shifting to a “post transformation” tone of inclusion by gender, race, sexual orientation, cat vs. dog, etc.  Look at all the steps that SPD has done to comply with court orders and we end up absorbing all sorts of petty crime and “lifestyle” infringements to make sure people aren’t offended.  So the least you could do, in return, is don’t destroy OUR property.  Who’s paying for the replacement police cars?  At a time when we’re trying to save up enough allowance to buy a new bridge?  We are all enraged, but use peaceful protests here.  We’ve voted, we’ve supported in Seattle.  Want to make a difference?  Move to Kentucky.  Vote there in November.  Move to another red state with a flippable senate seat.  Vote there.  Move to a purple state with a lot of electoral votes at stake and vote there.  Destroying property in Seattle does nothing.This beautiful city did not deserve this, and I hope Durkan will be quicker to call in armed National Guard in advance next time.  

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