UPDATE: Seattle Evening March protesters in WS again

8:46 PM: For the eighth time in about a month, the Seattle Evening March protesters are in West Seattle. Last time their daily march was here, they walked from Westwood Village to the Southwest Precinct. Before that, they visited city and county elected officials. Tonight, the group gathered at 44th and Oregon and just headed out of the lot yet. Here’s a stream.

9:04 PM: They are currently on Genesee Hill.

9:20 PM: The march has reached its destination, which they say is the home of Seattle Police Officers Guild president Mike Solan.

9;50 PM: If he’s home, he hasn’t come out to speak with the group (in their previous WS marches, they have talked to three city councilmembers – two of them twice – and the county executive).

9:55 PM: The group has left, headed back toward The Junction.

170 Replies to "UPDATE: Seattle Evening March protesters in WS again"

  • D August 27, 2020 (8:59 pm)

    Should thank them for helping re-elect Donald J. Trump for another 4 more years!

    • M August 27, 2020 (9:43 pm)

      I agree!

    • Christian August 27, 2020 (10:24 pm)

      You’re absolutely right. I’m voting for Trump now too.

      • Baffled August 28, 2020 (6:49 am)

        Because some people walked through your neighborhood??? Come on. 

        • AMD August 28, 2020 (9:27 am)

          Let’s be honest.  Anyone who says they’re “swayed” by this protest has already made up their mind.  Particularly because the protest in about local policy (addressing a national issue, but still) and not advocating for any candidate at all, let alone a federal one.  It’s like saying they want to vote for DJT because they’re mad about a neighborhood coalition advocating for a bridge re-build instead of a repair.  It’s ridiculous.

        • J August 28, 2020 (9:55 am)

          They were always voting that way. Don’t let a little more gaslighting make you think otherwise.How in the world could someone go from not supporting the current national administration to supporting it because of a local issue when both candidates are in support of the police?

      • Helpermonkey August 28, 2020 (7:03 am)

        Oh please. You were going to vote for him anyway. Enough with your theatrics, it’s tired. 

      • Baffled August 28, 2020 (7:13 am)

        Also, you have to realize that if he’s re-elected, there will be more of these, not fewer…

        • Nunya August 28, 2020 (5:48 pm)

          So ultimately this is the threat…vote for Trump and our tantrum will continue…vote for Biden and it ends…could you just hold your breath until you turn blue? Good to know someone like Biden who has been in government for 50 years has no responsibility for today’s problems. 

      • AdmiralSDV August 28, 2020 (8:08 am)

        If you don’t like what’s happening now, do you think it will get better and the protests will stop if Trump gets elected again? That’s pretty counterintuitive. Sounds like you’d already had your mind made up. 

    • Walkaway August 28, 2020 (8:05 am)

      I too am leaving the democrat party

    • Blbl August 28, 2020 (8:42 am)

      Um, you realize that they are protesting now. When Trump is president. Why exactly would you vote for Trump if you DON’T want this happen? This is, of course, a rhetorical question.  All this is happening under, and as a result of, Trump’s racism.

      • Um, No! August 28, 2020 (1:35 pm)

        @BLBL  – I sure am glad when/if  Biden is elected all these protest will come to an immediate stop since it’s clearly and solely due to Trump.    Here I was thinking it was about BLM and police reform?  Who knew?

      • Di August 28, 2020 (1:52 pm)

        I’m surprised by the racism and racists in West Seattle. I don’t even know why I would be anymore. It’s beyond disgusting. Black Lives Matter.

        • Flipzzz August 28, 2020 (5:46 pm)

          That’s a low bar you just called . Racist bc we ask for these protests to not run into the night ?wow good to know I’m racist its backfiring on your cause

      • uncle loco August 28, 2020 (6:50 pm)

        BLBL. So basically these people are campaigning for Biden? Someone should give them the memo that Biden is a lock for this state.

    • Also John August 28, 2020 (12:22 pm)

      @D…..   You do realize that all this marching and looting is taking place in Donald Trump American…..under his leadership?     You want more of this?

    • west seattle youth August 28, 2020 (12:47 pm)

      this is exactly why we will continue to protest! when there’s peoples lives at risk and being mistreated and killed; your sleep is the last thing on anyone’s mind nor do we care!

  • Mel August 27, 2020 (9:12 pm)

    Omg seriously? Go home! Call me insensitive all you want but as an essential worker who has towork in the morning, I don’t appreciate you shining flashlights in my window and keeping my kids awake. 

    • Tsurly August 27, 2020 (9:42 pm)

      This essential worker who has to get up in the morning, has kids, blah blah blah, supports their efforts 110%. With everything going on in the world, this is what you chose to whine about? You must have a nice life.

      • Jim August 28, 2020 (6:46 am)

        This is juvenile, TSurly. People getting up, going to work, raising kids, paying their taxes and their bills – that’s what holds society together.

        • Tsurly August 28, 2020 (8:49 pm)

          Sure, but inequality tears it apart; have you been under a rock the past three months?

    • TreeHouse August 27, 2020 (10:32 pm)

      It must be nice to not worry about your kids being shot and killed by police solely because of their skin color. But sorry about your very inconvenienced evening Mel!

      • Gable August 28, 2020 (12:40 am)

        Do you even have kids? Or have to care for and elderly adult with dementia, or someone with a disability 24/7? Or have responsibility for the upkeep of property whether it be your own, or a family member’s, or a neighbor’s on a regular basis? 

      • Pelicans August 28, 2020 (2:01 am)

        Treehouse and Tsurly, If you believe so strongly in this, why aren’t you both out marching with them instead of behind your keyboards? And no, I don’t believe in bothering anyone, at home, daytime or night.

        • Tsurly August 28, 2020 (8:19 am)

          Couldn’t swing last night, but I participated in the  July 30th and August 2nd events. I also put in 8 nights straight between downtown and Cap Hill between May 28th and June 4th. If you don’t believe in bothering people at home, what are your thoughts on Breonna Taylor being murdered in here home while she slept because of an erroneous no-knock warrant?

          Crawl back into your hole and quiver in fear while us decent people fight for basic human rights and equal treatment of all.

        • karma llama August 28, 2020 (12:22 pm)

          Some are marching here in the comments.

          Black lives matter, always.

      • M August 28, 2020 (7:26 am)

        How many young people of color have been killed by police from the West Seattle Southwest Police Station? I’m not familiar with many cases. 

      • Gable August 28, 2020 (9:43 am)

        Tsurly, better hope that essential worker isn’t a medical worker who may now be tired and make a medical mistake when caring for someone you love, or you yourself. And, by the way do you have children, or elderly parrnts with dementia, or someone with a disability in the home that you care for 24/7?

        • karma llama August 28, 2020 (12:00 pm)

          If this issue was directly impacting you, your kids, or your elders… if your family was at risk in the way poc families are… I would bet you would think protesting was worth some minor inconveniences to the larger community, including sleep disruption for a short time at night.

          And if you’re so genuinely worried about essential workers having their sleep disrupted, I hope you were commenting and complaining about all the nighttime fireworks around 4th of July.

          • Gable August 28, 2020 (6:50 pm)

            Yep, did complain to SPD on the fireworks. However, I can’t support sleep disruption for something that could be done two hours earlier.

          • karma llama August 28, 2020 (7:32 pm)

            You don’t seem to understand what protesting is, how it functions, and why it’s currently necessary.

          • Gable August 28, 2020 (10:40 pm)

            I do understand what protesting is, how it functions,  and why you believe it’s currently necessary. I also have the right to my opinion, even if it may be different than yours. You can tell me I am wrong all you want, but it is still my opinion. 

          • Gable August 30, 2020 (9:09 pm)

            He’s fortunate his life can accommodate disruption at 10 pm, not everyone can. I stand by my opinion that disruption can occur two hours earlier. I didn’t say don’t make noise.

        • tsurly August 28, 2020 (12:15 pm)

          No, my essential work is designing and maintaining critical infrastructure. I’m currently working full time as the principle engineer on a dam project that requires 24 hour monitoring to assess the potential for critical failure. A dam that is 0.7 miles longer than the West Seattle Bridge and, if it fails, could result in the destruction of 100 square kilometers of river habitat and the homes of  ~50,000 people. I am up at 0400 everyday now (because of the extreme time zone difference) to review and validate the prior days data, and provide an update and recommendations to provincial and national governments. So yeah, I guess I have alot of latitude in my daily work functions for mistakes.Specifically to you call out of medical workers, my surgeon wife also wholehearted supports the efforts of these protests. My 4 year old has slept through the one march that came directly down our street, and my 7 year old embraces the opportunity to ask questions and learn about it.    

          • Gable August 28, 2020 (10:42 pm)

            You must have a nice life–as you stated in an earlier comment.

          • karma llama August 29, 2020 (8:56 pm)

            He probably does, but he seems to recognize that, didn’t hear him complaining about some justified protesting noise.

            See the difference?

    • west seattle youth August 28, 2020 (12:51 pm)

      i’m an essential worker and i get plenty of sleep! get over it! im incredibly proud of everyone being apart of the solution and progression of this horrible time, it seems to me that you’re just apart of the problem! be better

  • Auntie August 27, 2020 (9:21 pm)

    why are they bothering these people at home??? 

    • AdmiralSDV August 28, 2020 (8:10 am)

      Because this gets attention, and attention brings change. If we helped make some changes in this country that actually benefited people of color, you could complain more about the bridge and less about being inconvenienced. 

  • Auntie August 27, 2020 (9:23 pm)

    and, by the way, what they are doing now is called trespassing. 

    • Blbl August 27, 2020 (10:00 pm)

      They’re protesting. On a public street.  Chanting love & family. Neighbor kids outside with them. So settle down, Karen, or better yet, get out of your house and into the street and fight against police brutality.

      • Neighbor August 27, 2020 (10:26 pm)

        Actually they were on my property. And several neighbors property, including Mike’s property. When asked what they were doing I was not responded to kindly. I was yelled at to go home, when I was on my own property. I’m all for the message, but do it in a respectful manner. 

        • Willie Murderface August 28, 2020 (12:37 am)

          heres a hint: if youre telling people how to protest “properly”… youre not all for the message. youre not quite at the pat yourself on the back stage there as an ally…

      • Tsurly August 27, 2020 (10:36 pm)

        Auntie must be one of those “pearl clutchers” that the gentleman running the live stream described. 

      • Joseph August 27, 2020 (10:49 pm)

        Calling people names (ie; “Karen”) is juvenile and counterproductive. People have a right to speak out on this forum about their legitimate concerns.

        • Zark00 August 28, 2020 (9:19 am)

          @Joseph – drafty at all? Ya know, up there on your high horse? How’s the view down your nose? 

          • Gable August 28, 2020 (12:06 pm)

            Freedom of speech folks–goes both ways. Your opinion is no more “right” than any one else’s. So, everyone might as well get off their own high horses.

  • Lola August 27, 2020 (9:29 pm)

    They are marching down our alley.  We are watching from the side deck.  I think they are talking to the Mike guy. 

  • rb August 27, 2020 (9:34 pm)

    How do these people always know where all the elected officials live? Is it public info? Do they have a mole?

    • WSB August 27, 2020 (10:30 pm)

      Public databases. Although in this case, not the voter db, as he recently made news for
      being registered at the South Precinct. Until this I didn’t know he was a WS resident, though we’ve photographed him at a couple charity events here. – TR

      • wsSandy August 28, 2020 (1:26 am)

        I think usually it’s from King County property records for most of the public figures they visit, and I was just able to confirm Mike’s address from that website so seems likely that was it again this time

  • MYkscott August 27, 2020 (9:42 pm)

    They’re really making a big difference doing this. Enough is enough.

  • WTF August 27, 2020 (9:45 pm)

    Their credibility is waning. 

    • WS98 August 28, 2020 (11:02 pm)

      No, it’s not. They are credible peaceful protestors bringing attention to a very important matter. Mike Solan has no credibility, peddling lies along with the rest of the right wing about “liberal mobs taking over” in an attempt to sow fear, uncertainty and doubt. He needs to put his big boy pants on and address police brutality.

      • Truth hurts August 28, 2020 (11:31 pm)

        WS 98 most truthful and interesting comment on here! My god, most of these so called liberal or better yet, “humane”residents sound like serious degenerates. It’s really appalling. And you think the message is losing steam..?? Think if your child was shot by a cop. Just think about it.. what would you do?? How would you feel?? Oh and it was the color of their skin and the fear and incompetence of the police officer. THINK.

  • Geoff August 27, 2020 (9:53 pm)

    $10 says they’re going to stop when it rains.  Fair weather activism.

    • Willie Murderface August 28, 2020 (12:39 am)

      tear gas, beatings and arrests havent stopped anyone, but yeah, rain in seattle will be the end of it. nothing like someone on the sidelines trying to call out others in the mix.

    • Enough August 28, 2020 (6:45 am)

      You are a fair weather human for saying that. All of you — need to grow the f— up and crawl out of your privelaged holes, we need change and honestly none of these protesters care if you agree or not…they’re doing what you all were too weak to or are not capable of doing because deep down you’re also programmed by society to join in the institutionalized racism & inadvertently teach it to your children. You should thank them, you should bring them water and say thank you for fighting for an equal future for my children, not bitch & moan about the f-ing time of night or lights in your window scaring your children. They should be f-ing scared, this world is completely backwards, the money and greed and overall incredible stupidity of most humans on this planet is staggering. Stop complaining like an 8 year-old and become part of the solution.

      • Lina August 28, 2020 (7:45 pm)

        Yes yes yes, thanks for articulation the feelings I get as folks as bitching about being inconvenienced by protest.  I can’t even with these comments.  So much privilege and thinly (and some not so thinly) veiled racism.

    • Sail August 28, 2020 (8:40 am)

      Can’t wait for the rain to start…

    • Rose M August 28, 2020 (8:45 am)

      No rain in Seattle this week. Maybe in putin’s Russia there is rain?All the nay-sayers are putin trollers. Jerks let putin ruin Russia and now they want to sent the rest of the world down with them. 

    • WSREZZ August 28, 2020 (10:11 am)

      $20 says they dont, cuz I wont be giving up. BLM in all weather, fool.

      • Timothy August 28, 2020 (5:38 pm)

        Well you certainly sound like an intelligent individual with a well-reasoned point of view. What do you do for a living?

        • karma llama August 28, 2020 (7:45 pm)

          And you sound like you think quite highly of yourself, and whatever you do.

          Wsrezz, BLM in all weather. Let them keep coming with their rain. ✊🏼

          • Lead foot August 28, 2020 (11:35 pm)

            Enough — you said it perfectly. THIS MOVEMENT AINT GOIN NOWHERE‼️‼️Ask me my profession/education-!! Lol
            BLM ✊

  • Blbl August 27, 2020 (9:55 pm)

    All the other officials came out to speak but the cop is hiding inside. 😂😂😂. What a coward. BLM!!

    • M August 27, 2020 (10:34 pm)

      That is because he doesn’t cave into the mob mentality of shouting and disturbing the peace.

      • Blbl August 28, 2020 (8:56 am)

        He was just scared because he didn’t have his riot gear and “less lethal” munition. And the youth would have easily made a fool of him. 

        • Eric1 August 28, 2020 (1:09 pm)

           BLBL.  You make me laugh.  The man isn’t a fool in that nothing good can come from confronting a mob in front of your house.  Trust me, he likely doesn’t have “less than lethal” munitions at his house, nor does he need riot gear.  That being said, who is the coward when you need 40 people to go to a person’s house at night?  If you are such a hero, why don’t you talk to him by knocking on his door as an individual?   Not saying BLM shouldn’t bring light to things but calling Mr. Sloan a coward with 39 of your friends behind you (or worse, online) is pretty lame.  Perhaps you should send Mike your name and home address specifically informing him that you consider him a coward. I am sure you can get his email from SPOG. 

          • WS98 August 28, 2020 (11:21 pm)

            Seriously…you equate peaceful protestors with a mob? 

    • Resident August 28, 2020 (12:19 am)

      Why would he come out to talk to them? This type of behavior should not be encouraged and he is adult enough to realize this. I would not come out either. Not because I don’t support them but because it isn’t ok for them to come to my home.

    • Graciano August 28, 2020 (4:41 am)

      For any Police Officer now a days,  all it takes is one bad apple so would you go outside?
      And yes I support BLM

    • WTF August 28, 2020 (8:19 am)

      Aside from not caving in to “mob mentality”, it is for his & his family’s safety. They want to have a two-way conversation, they just simply needed to ask. A call or an email would suffice. The speckle waging is getting tired.

      • WS98 August 28, 2020 (11:26 pm)

        They protested his home because he won’t talk. All he does is spew his Trump-like vitriol on conservative one sided MyNW

  • KBear August 27, 2020 (9:58 pm)

    And that, commenters 1, 2 and 3, is why they’re here. 

  • Wsres August 27, 2020 (10:00 pm)

    They are really loud and they have not left at 10:00pm. Drums and loud speaker. I support BLM, but this is not helping the cause. They are by Ercolini now.

    • Lbalm August 28, 2020 (9:24 am)

      If the protesters are making noise after 10 pm you can call the police and file a noise complaint. Maximum penalty up to 180 days in jail and up to $500 fine.  https://www.seattle.gov/police/need-help/noise-complaints

      • WSREZ August 28, 2020 (10:53 am)

        Public area, brosef. Only $50 fine.

        Noise in Parks and Public Places

        Noise is unlawful if:

        • Sound generated from portable audio equipment or automobile sound system that can be heard from 75 feet away.
        • Sound is generated while in a park, residential or commercial zone, or close to a school or bus.

        What can be done legally?

        • This is a civil infraction and can carry a fine up to $50.
  • Neighbor August 27, 2020 (10:10 pm)

    They were in our alleyway for a good half hour or so. Didn’t appear to make any contact with Mike. Aggressive people when we asked what was going on. 

    • TreeHouse August 27, 2020 (10:39 pm)

      Were they as aggressive to you as the police were to George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Aura Rosser, Stephon Clark, Botha Jean, Alton Sterling, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown and countless other black people?

    • karma llama August 28, 2020 (12:07 pm)

      How did you ask what was going on? 

      And was that a necessary question? I mean, could you really not tell that these were BLM related protestors?

  • Wsres August 27, 2020 (10:12 pm)

    There are only about 40 people marching and about 10 cars, but they are loud. walking up Alaska street. I support the cause, but waking the dogs and kids up does not help the cause.

    • CAM August 27, 2020 (10:47 pm)

      If you want them to stop, help them achieve their goals and they won’t be marching down your block anymore. People are literally dying so I don’t know that losing sleep one night a week is equivalent. 

    • Anne August 28, 2020 (7:41 am)

      You support the cause- but if it wakes the DOGS & kids-it’s not helping-you’re inconvenienced???Are you kidding? I bet Jacob Blake’s kids would love to sleep soundly at night instead of reliving the nightmare of their father being shot 7 times in the back. 

      • L August 28, 2020 (3:04 pm)

        It’s not about being “inconvenienced”.   This is not a protest.   These are bullying tactics.   An attempt to Intimidate.   If you want to protest fine but do it in the light of day when everyone can see you and don’t target individuals who are trying to do their jobs.      

        • Lina August 28, 2020 (7:48 pm)

          You don’t get to tell people how to protest black and brown people being murdered and maimed in the streets by police.  Period.  

  • Ercolini August 27, 2020 (10:17 pm)

    My job matters. Please shutup. We have work in the morning. 

    • Willie Murderface August 28, 2020 (12:41 am)

      see this? —-> <—–its the violin im playing for you right now.

      • Pelicans August 28, 2020 (10:28 am)

        So get off your keyboard and go march with them, if you feel that way.

        • AMD August 28, 2020 (12:02 pm)

          You can post on the WSB forums from your cell phone, you know.  This comment is directed to everyone who assumes all WSB comments are made from desktop computers inside of one’s home.

  • TreeHouse August 27, 2020 (10:21 pm)

    Awesome! Thanks for continuing to speak out against injustice. Especially in light of recent events, it’s disgusting that cops are more afraid of somebody’s black skin than a 17 year old white kid with an AR-15. 

    • Melissa August 28, 2020 (7:19 am)

      Absolutely. 500 years of Black people being attacked, threatened, and having to work twice as hard as white people to get half as much. Again, white people are fortunate that most Black people want justice and not revenge. (For the record, I’m white and 100% support these marches.)

    • Will August 28, 2020 (8:24 am)


  • Chris August 27, 2020 (10:23 pm)

    This is not right. West Seattle is not about night time intimidation marches. Enough is enough 

    • Willie Murderface August 28, 2020 (12:43 am)

      enlighten us, chris, what is west seattle about?enough is enough? Enough what? please tell me what youve had your fill of.

      • Elle Nell August 28, 2020 (11:42 pm)

        Willie— thank you, I’m really laughing out loud… only because that’s exactly what I was thinking about Chris knowing what West Seattle IS about… 🤣
        Clearly has no clue.

      • Elle Nell August 28, 2020 (11:52 pm)

        Willie— thank you, I’m really laughing out loud… only because that’s exactly what I was thinking about Chris knowing what West Seattle IS about… 🤣

    • WS REZ August 28, 2020 (9:44 am)

      Hardly intimidating…. if you are intimidated, you prob shouldnt live near the city.

  • onion August 27, 2020 (10:25 pm)

    The union should focus on police contracts and benefits. They should not have a voice on policy. Solan is a favorite guest on Fox News, second guessing everything our leaders do. He is doing great harm.

  • Monica C. August 27, 2020 (10:25 pm)

    I’m glad that this group or protestors is out marching at night. We need constant attention on this movement until things change, even if it’s inconvenient.  The police are still killing innocent black people nearly every day.  Come out and march. 

    • WS neighbor August 27, 2020 (10:35 pm)


    • M August 27, 2020 (10:39 pm)

      I used to listen to the cause, but night after night disturbing the peace, I have stopped listening. It is just noise and no message to me anymore.  You have proved Trumps point. As a result he will be re-elected as moderate democrats have had enough.

      • WS98 August 28, 2020 (11:40 pm)

        People aren’t going to switch their vote for Trump because of protestors, they’re voting for him because they’re racist fools just like him.

    • Alki resident August 27, 2020 (11:01 pm)

      Great, send themyour address. 

      • KM August 28, 2020 (7:40 am)

        Not knowing Monica, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess she’s not out there defending police brutality or the use of tear gas, etc. Mike Solan is. You can catch him on the local news sharing his hateful and fragile world views a couple days a week if you would like to learn more.

    • Niko August 28, 2020 (7:04 am)

      Based on the FBI statistics there were 12 unarmed black men shot nationwide by police last year. It’s most certainly not happening every day. There’s also a police brutality problem with all races not just black people. My family has been personally harassed by the Seattle Police department and we’re white

      • WS98 August 29, 2020 (12:09 am)

        @Niko, FBI stats aren’t accurate, do your research and remember to include “deaths of people in police custody, fatal shootings by off-duty officers or non-shooting deaths.” I don‘t know why you and you’re family have been harassed by police but this is not your time to complain. You’re alive 

    • Alaska Junction Resident August 28, 2020 (9:31 am)

      Agree, Monica. Thank you. We heard the the protesters from our house– where they stopped is not far from us. I have had the privilege of attending multiple marches away from my home, to be able to return to the quiet of our neighborhood. I will be honest: it was a little unnerving to have the protestors within earshot. Then, I remember how easy it is for us to return to comfort and convenience and feeling safe pretty much whenever we want. Pretty sure it’s not comforting or convenient to march miles  at night because you aren’t being heard. Actually feeling discomfort that I cannot control is good empathy training. 

  • DB I’m Done. August 27, 2020 (10:35 pm)

    I appreciate all of these efforts. Keep the message alive. If you think it’s so horrible to be disturbed in your comfortable, safe homes maybe you should think about how comfortable Jacob Blake is right now, or how safe his kids feel after watching their father get shot 7 times by a white police officer. Seriously. Thank you to the protesters for keeping it at the forefront – and by the way they’re “aggressive” because you have to ask what’s going on. WAKE UP. 

  • KM August 27, 2020 (10:47 pm)

    Keep it up, marchers! Thanks for being here.

    • Niko August 28, 2020 (7:00 am)

      Do you think it’s acceptable to harass people at their home in the middle of the night because of the job that they do?!

  • mok4315 August 27, 2020 (10:59 pm)

    Just curious, is the Evening March the same group of people as the Everyday March? I’ve definitely seen at least some of the same people at both. 

    • WSB August 27, 2020 (11:59 pm)

      The Evening March is related to the Everyday March so perhaps some overlap. I’ve only been closely watching the former since missing their first foray over here a month ago.

  • Spike August 27, 2020 (11:54 pm)

    I’m not trying to be overly confrontational here, but the people commenting about how terrible it is that they’ve had to be inconvenienced by these peaceful protests happening before the 11 o’clock news even comes on really need to take a step back and consider their lack of empathy. There is an epidemic of police brutality in this country and if the only way the protestors can get some attention focused on it is by ever so slightly inconveniencing the rest of us who, because of our privilege, don’t usually need to grapple with these issues, then I say more power to ‘em.

    • Alaska Junction Resident August 28, 2020 (10:28 am)

      Well said. Thank you. Ditto. 

    • Duffy August 28, 2020 (11:33 am)

      Nailed it.

    • Lina August 28, 2020 (7:49 pm)

      Yes yes yes

  • Flipzzz August 28, 2020 (5:42 am)

    Silent majority and the local citizens seem to be getting tired of this rhetoric .Find a better safer way to do this in a pandemic .Stay home , we don’t want this in our neighborhood anymore . 

    • Duffy August 28, 2020 (9:32 pm)

      I live here and you don’t speak for me. I want this going on in the neighborhood. I didn’t know Mike Solan was a resident of West Seattle. He’s an abhorrent individual and should be removed from his position immediately.

  • Eric on Alki August 28, 2020 (6:40 am)

    If this kind of protest is going to make you vote for Donald, then you have bad judgment and were probably going to vote for him anyway, quit making excuses for yourself. You are guilty of what Donald and his cronies have done to our country. You. Not him. I blame all of you who support him and chide those who oppose him and his policies.

    • Pelicans August 28, 2020 (8:43 am)

      Eric On Alki: He’s only been in office for LESS THAN 4 YEARS.  Go get informed! Jump on the popular bandwagon if you must, but injustice has been around a lot longer than that.

    • Geoff August 28, 2020 (9:07 am)

      Thanks Eric on Alki…perfectly stated.

    • QAnon August 28, 2020 (9:34 am)

      @Eric – this is correct. People here need some kind of validation to vote a racist, misogynist, incompetent, failure back into office. They’re racists, they hate women, they hate themselves and what they’ve become, but to admit that and change is painful. Trump gives them the external validation that their disgusting world view is right. It’s a cult, they have been indoctrinated into it, and are using any means they can find to justify the terrible choices they have made. The right wing and Trump supporters hate America, they support the traitors of the Confederacy, an administration that ignores facts and embraces totalitarian control. They are lost, they are broken, they are scared and they are confused, yet they deserve no pity and no support for their unjust cause. Trump supporters have one goal – turn America into a dictatorship. These are the flock, they follow blindly, they believe with no evidence, they lie to win, they cheat to get ahead. They steal from everyone they come into contact with. Like Trump, they are social criminals, praying on the less fortunate and demonizing anyone different. The right, Trump supporters, Republicans, are the most dangerous disease America has suffered in its history. 

    • Pelicans August 28, 2020 (10:32 am)

      Eric on Alki, your last sentence makes no sense. Do you know what “chide” means?

  • Sail August 28, 2020 (7:24 am)

    These protesters are absolutely destroying the blm message. Simple as that. 

    • Also John August 28, 2020 (12:41 pm)

      Is this about BLM?  

  • Lola August 28, 2020 (8:06 am)

    In looking at the comments it looks as tho Mike did not come out and address them, according to the Neighbors responses on the blog. My husband saw that the cops had pulled up and parked in front of our house. He and the Neighbor decided to go down and talk to them.  He said they tapped on the Window of the police car and they would not even acknowledge him or the neighbor.  He walked the Neighbor home as her house was the last house on our block where a lot of the protesters had gathered.  Not sure at this point what I think about all of this?  I get what they are trying to do, but to engage and not be respectful of the people who live by the person that they came to see to me is disrespectful of what they are trying to do.  I also don’t get why the police would not talk to my husband?  

  • Ivan Weiss August 28, 2020 (8:23 am)

    Black Lives Matter more than white feelings.

  • Mj August 28, 2020 (8:37 am)

    I get why protestors are mad as heck.  And Cops need to understand they are under a microscope and need to be more cognizant of their actions. 

    Disturbing the sleep of innocent people does not help the cause.  It is past time to root out the bad apples in police departments.  

  • Sas August 28, 2020 (8:51 am)

    The amount of white privileged being spewed on this blog is disgusting. A flashlight in your window? Imagine armed police barging in that window and shooting you – oh, whoops – accident, wrong black house.  Imagine being pulled over for a broken tail light and ending up dead – because you are black and the cop is anti-black. Read the news lately? Many, many similar stories. Your “inconvenience” is NOTHING compared to the reality of being black in Trump’s America (although it’s been happening for far longer in our nation’s history.) Help end it!! PS: Voting for Trump will make things worse. Notice how after he became president there’s been more civil unrest? 

  • Rolls Eyes Shakes Head August 28, 2020 (9:03 am)

    Two observations from the comments about these marches:1.  People in West Seattle go to bed really early.2. I hope someone is creating a West Seattle-themed “I support BLM, but” t-shirt.  Better yet, a Patagonia vest.

    • Alki resident August 28, 2020 (10:34 am)

      It’s funny you mention going to bed early because after watching kids stuck at home all day, answering calls, doing laundry, feeding kids ten times a day, baths and errands, walking the dog, responding to emails, figuring out how you’re going to work and homeschool your kids, sure calls for staying up until midnight right?

      • karma llama August 28, 2020 (12:19 pm)

        Sounds like a nice life…

        and especially if you don’t have to fear being killed unjustly by police officers because of the color of your skin.

      • Also John August 28, 2020 (12:42 pm)

        Well said…..👍

    • Silent Majority August 28, 2020 (11:28 am)

      My shift starts at 5 am.

  • Colonel Mustard's Wrench August 28, 2020 (9:21 am)

    Evening Marchers are the new vigilantes. 
    They like to call those that are BLM supporters that disagree with them “Karen”. 
    The Evening Marchers are similar to The Klan in their tactics.  Admittedly, they aren’t wearing white sheets.  But the similarities are there. 
    They are about intimidation and bullying (similar to Trump – but a different flavor). 
    Good luck Evening Marchers – you are alienating your allies.

    • Ivan Weiss August 28, 2020 (10:40 am)

      “Similar to the Klan in their tactics?” The Klan murders people and burns down their houses. Your comment is indefensible.

      • karma llama August 28, 2020 (8:03 pm)


        These protestors are speaking up for human rights, not being hateful or violent. Just standing up for what is right and working for change.

        It’s ignorant and bully-ish to try and draw a comparison to the kkk.

    • Moderate August 28, 2020 (11:09 am)

      Exactly. Protest in the day and quit scaring those that used to support you.

    • Duffy August 28, 2020 (11:31 am)

      Good gravy, similar to the Klan? Are you joking? Go take a history lesson pal.

    • Rolls Eyes Shakes Head August 28, 2020 (12:27 pm)

      I was not aware the evening marchers were lynching and torturing people and fire bombing homes and churches.  You’ve really opened my eyes there, Colonel.

    • JusticeNow August 28, 2020 (12:46 pm)

       Not one of your comparisons would make any sense except to a white supremacist.  For instance, have the evening marchers grabbed someone in their home, taken them to the nearest tree, flung a rope over the tree and hanged them as a public warning?  Just own it: you never were and never would be an ally.

    • tsurly August 28, 2020 (12:51 pm)

      “The Evening Marchers are similar to The Klan in their tactics.  Admittedly, they aren’t wearing white sheets.  But the similarities are there. “

      Huh, I haven’t seen the Evening Marchers burning crosses or dragging people out of there homes and shooting them or hanging them from trees. These are your neighbors out peacefully chanting and banging some drums. You must have them confused with the Trumpy armed militiamen out playing soldier. Do you see sunlight with you head placed so far up into its current location?

    • J August 28, 2020 (3:37 pm)

      If someone feels alienated or put off by these protests then they aren’t an ally. Allies know that the struggle isn’t about them or whatever discomfort they may feel in support of those they ally themselves with. It’s an ally’s job to listen, assist, and amplify. Keep fighting the good fight brave protesters! Black Lives Matter!

    • Lagartija Nick August 28, 2020 (3:58 pm)

      “Similar to the Klan”?????? You can’t be serious. They haven’t lynched anyone, let alone over 10,000 people. They haven’t burned down any churches. They haven’t beaten anyone. They haven’t burned any crosses on lawns. They haven’t set dogs on anyone. They haven’t accused innocent kids of rape. Similar to the Klan? Absolute rubbish.

  • Fiwa Jcbbb August 28, 2020 (9:25 am)

    They came up Genesee then turned right down the alley behind our house. Good drummer keeping a steady beat. We raised our beers to them, but even though everyone was masked, there’s no way we were joining that Covid Convention, still…more power to them. Had no idea the Cop Union chief lived on our block, but there are other police officers here as well. Great neighbors who get that Black Lives Matter. We don’t need to “defund” the police, we need better cops. And we need a better President and Senate. If you’re using this to prop up your wheezing trickle down compassionate conservative Orwellian Doublespeak, you need to remember these people are in the streets because of The Donald and 40 years of GOP policies.

  • WSREZ August 28, 2020 (9:29 am)

    GOOD WORK PROTESTERS! BLACK LIVES MATTER! Regardless of what all these pearl clutchers think! #VOTEBLUE! 

  • andy August 28, 2020 (10:06 am)

    They knocked my garbage can over.

    • cwit August 28, 2020 (11:42 am)

      This is the best comment. At least they didn’t put a doggie poo bag in it – that would be the last straw to make me vote for Trump!

  • Junction Dome August 28, 2020 (10:21 am)

    I love these protests and marches! Keep going! 

  • OneTrickPony August 28, 2020 (10:46 am)

    Think about this please. The shark gets paid by a source whom he/she presumes to be supporter of the ’cause’. The shark spreads the money, supplies, self-importance, gravitas, street cred, meals, drinks, spliffs, etc. around to all the pilot fish. The whole school goes about the business of chaos…righteous chaos they believe. No one looks at the money that got paid to the shark. Where did it come from? Why is the source of the money so motivated? Did they tell the shark that they wish to remain anonymous? If so, then why would they not want their name associated as a funder for the cause? Moral of the story is….don’t be a tool. Don’t be an expendable like the Illinois 17 year old who was effectively thrown away for their cause in Kenosha…by his own Mother apparently. As I depart, please read the story about the Kenosha police, just yesterday, surveilling, then interdicting, against outside agitators arriving in town with equipment, training, motive, all while filling their gasoline cans. Stoic protest is in order from now until the election. If we screw up winning hearts and minds and getting President Bodybags out of office, your protests will be outlawed and you will be rounded up and sent into the legal system forever like the families seeking asylum. Don’t be used. Don’t be a part of their grand scheme. Protest, but do it with a very light touch, do it peacefully, do it stoically, do it with a smile and a flower, but never forget the ‘Law and Order’ mantra they are spinning out now is amazingly effective in middle America, and among the seniors, whom we desperately need on our side. Comrade Rand Paul has already screeching coast to coast on national TV this morning (with videos and photographs) about how the RNC participants were harassed and threatened as they departed the area afterwards. Stop helping the madman win again if you really wish to see reforms. If you understand what I’m laying down, and wish to protest, find a group who is doing it in a way that brings support, not divides communities. Please remember these words. All is sometimes not what it seems.

    • uncle loco August 28, 2020 (7:06 pm)

      ????? I thought this was about civil rights…

      • OneTrickPony August 29, 2020 (6:22 am)

        Then you are one of the fine folks who should re-read what I wrote. Civil rights under a Trump administration or civil rights under a Biden administration? The first doesn’t exist, and the second (only) option at this specific moment in history is threatened mightily by any perception of lawlessness. Use some self-control. Use a winning strategy to achieve your over-arching goal. Do you think it’s happenstance that in every speech the Mango Mussolini mentions Portland, Antifa, BLM in the same sentence as ‘rioting’ and ‘looting’ every single time? Do you think these mentions mean that you have his attention and therefore you are somehow winning? Stop feeding into it with your overt behaviors. It only helps him win the Electoral College, which is the only way he can win, just like last time. November 4th will be here before you know it, and you can start back with any type protest or activity you wish…until then you are hurting your cause, and hurting the effort to re-establish the rule of law as it relates to our Executive branch; without which there are no civil rights.

  • Making Real Change August 28, 2020 (10:57 am)

    As as fervent supporter of Black Lives Matter, I now find myself
    cringing with each protest because protesting has become
    extremely counter-productive.  Time to switch gears to something more productive (while not as immediately visible) to fight for justice.  My sense is that these continued protests and associated vandalism and destruction to our communities are themselves cementing the compassion fatigue.   Stop the protests now and get on with the hard work of making change, not just raising inflammation and divisiveness.

    • WS98 August 29, 2020 (12:37 am)

      associated vandalism and destruction??? Newsflash, those activities are being condected by alt right disrupters whose sole intent is to make people like you believe it’s BLM protesters.

      • Sarah August 29, 2020 (1:22 pm)

        At this point it doesn’t even matter who is doing it. Appearances and news spin is everything. 

  • Findlay August 28, 2020 (10:58 am)

    For all those who feel that the protests have crossed the line when they harass individuals in their homes, please remember to replace our current crop of ineffective, divisive politicians with mature individuals who support our businesses, who actually want to INCREASE the money spent on public safety (including accountability and policies when engaging with potential deadly force) , and who reject socialism and cancel culture as methods of activism .  You have likely voted to put them in power and are getting the governance that you’ve asked for.  Rise Up! 

  • Mj August 28, 2020 (12:50 pm)

    People are stressed, seeing another Black Man being shot by the police in the back is infuriating.  Don’t cops watch TV?  You are being watched and need to make appropriate corrections. 

    Demonstrators need to be cognizant that they are impacting innocent third party people during sleep time that is not helpful to the cause.

  • I’m Up August 28, 2020 (1:07 pm)

    Well that made me awake. Still not ‘woke’. 

  • KM August 28, 2020 (1:23 pm)

    Some of my favorite comments recently here have been people who, when other say they support protesters is to say “WELL WHY DON’T YOU GO OUT THERE AND MARCH WITH THEM THEN?!” as if to a) know who they are taking to and know if that person is protesting or organizing on their own, b) assume that if someone a fan of something, they have to perform said activity because the normies demand it, or c) encouraging people to do more of what they are so mad about (i.e. “I hate these protests but you better go out there and join them!”) Either way you slice it, it’s some of the funniest crap I have seen online in recent months. 

  • Brenda August 28, 2020 (1:25 pm)

    Go Away ….. you’re not effective anymore, you’re just annoying. 

  • coffeedude August 28, 2020 (2:09 pm)

    I am all for a protest or march, but not at night past 9.  Telemarketers, collectors, or any phone type people cannot call after 9.  ANd what about the resident that is a doctor or nurse who has to be up at 4 AM for surgery?  Would you want that person operating on you if they were kept up half the night?  How about the person that suffers from PTSD?  I think its much more respectful for ALL people to protest but it really should stop at 9.  And lastly, calling a person Karen is completely disrespectful to people named Karen.  Stop calling people Karen.

  • WS Resident August 28, 2020 (2:32 pm)

    If this was about a crooked union boss, then take the protest to the guild hall. Not our backyards!Seattle Police Officers Guild2949 4th Ave S #A, Seattle, WA 98134

  • B W August 28, 2020 (3:51 pm)

    I’m disgusted by how ignorant some of my neighbors are above.  And you can stop with the “NOW I’m voting for Trump” BS I always see in these kind of posts.  Nobody is on the fence about this, so stop pretending you’re actually considering something other than voting for this moron again.If you support:

    • * Locking children in cages
    • * Racism
    • * Using the office of the president to further your failed businesses
    • * Nepotism
    • * Doing nothing about school shootings
    • * Constantly lying to the American people
    • * Betraying American values and ideals
    • * Becoming “buddies” with our worst enemies
    • * Ignoring science
    • * Violence against peaceful citizens
    • * Hyper-partisanism
    • * Using the bible, a book he’s never read, as a prop
    • * Tax cuts for giant corporations and the richest 1%
    • * Police murder of unarmed citizens
    • * Foreign interference in our elections
    • * Pandering to religious hypocrites
    • * Need I go on?  I’m tired.

    … then by all means vote for Trump!  Be my guest.  You’re also an un-American PoS.  But, your vote won’t matter anyway because Washington is as blue as it comes.  That’s “democracy” for you.  Rant over, I’ll be laughing in November

    • Flipzzz August 28, 2020 (4:43 pm)

      I’m disgusted in being referred to as a POS.Ill respect your opinion but DO NOT label republicans as POS . I didn’t even bother reading your comments after that . Told me all I needed to know about you . And if I could be bothered I could list a litany of evils done by Democrats .lets not go there . 

  • TJ August 28, 2020 (5:01 pm)

    Wow, you sound a quite triggered B W. Your side always sounds so angry, all the time. Like it’s a lifestyle now to be angry. Sorry, people can be for BLM and despise the tactics of these protesters. Trust me, it’s only making the divide bigger. I will agree with you on one thing, and this is coming from a proud Trump supporter, and that is he won’t win this state. We’ll see if he gets more votes than 4 years ago 

  • Ant August 28, 2020 (9:54 pm)

    March, chant, beat on a dream…. but above all please vote. Call your friends to remind them, your older family members out of state or down the block, even your neighbors. Heck buy your darn dog walker a beer to make sure they vote. Action happens at the ballot box and nowhere else. 

  • Elle Nell August 28, 2020 (11:18 pm)

    EQUALITY NOW!!! Love THIS and until WE THE PEOPLE are all treated the same AND we have a law enforcement System that knows how to protect and serve ALL people with the PROPER CONDUCT and accountability —- ONLY THEN will we CONSIDER taking our foot off the gas!! 
    #blacklifematters ✊🖤🌺
    The president of police union is a big part of the problem, creating fear propaganda to keep his large salary….

    • Joseph August 29, 2020 (2:17 pm)

      The SPOG President is the best union leader the SPD has had in years. They need him because of union-busters like you. Many of your fellow West Seattle residents support the SPD 100%.

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