Seattle police officers were filmed when they knelt two CHOP protesters on the neck when they were arrested twice on Thursday for crouching at a downtown intersection.
Seattle police officers are gradually reclaiming the streets of the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) as a video shows police officers attacking a group of demonstrators at a downtown intersection where 25 people were arrested.
A group of police officers on bicycles drove towards a number of demonstrators who appeared to be crouching in the middle of the intersection of Broadway and Pine Street on Thursday at around 5:30 p.m.
The video shows an officer attacking one of several demonstrators and telling him to put his hands behind his back.
A Seattle policeman kneels against the neck of a protester, whom he held at the intersection of Pine and Broadway at around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday
The officer presses his knee against the demonstrator’s neck when he arrests him. The protester is heard asking the police officer to take his knee off his neck
A Seattle policeman (right) was filmed on Thursday afternoon when he toppled and attacked a demonstrator in the CHOP zone
When the official and one of his colleagues put the demonstrator on the ground, you can hear a protester shouting, “Can’t you please put your knee on his neck?”
Then you can hear the demonstrators saying to the policeman, “Can you take your damn knee off my neck, dude?”
The officials handcuffed the protester and then lifted him off the ground seconds later to take him into custody.
The arrests took place hours before the police alleged that demonstrators in the area threw bottles and stones at them and shot fireworks at them from the same intersection.
A separate video from before dawn on Thursday saw a policeman pushing his knee against his neck, another protester near the same intersection.
“Get off his neck!” Several protesters are heard yelling at the helmet officer in protective clothing as several police officers locate a man who appears to be in his twenties.
“You hurt him!” Another protester who stepped aside shouted in the direction of the officials when they arrested the protester.
Video footage taken before dawn on Thursday shows another Seattle policeman kneeling the neck of a protester near the same downtown intersection
Three police officers in combat gear try to arrest the protester while other demonstrators nearby accuse a police officer of having pressed his knee against the man’s neck
The video of the day’s incident showed how officers wearing helmets quickly got off their bikes and then came in to arrest the protesters who blocked the intersection.
The officials seemed to drive the demonstrators away from the intersection and set up a perimeter.
During this time, demonstrators filmed the arrests on their cell phones and in some cases ridiculed the police.
“He’ll be right back, you dirty pigs! He’ll be right back! “A protester shouts at the police after arresting several people.
Another video of the same incident shows how events took place from a different perspective.
In the video, officials appear to have warned demonstrators to clear the intersection marked with yellow tape.
“Do it,” you hear one of the demonstrators yell at the police. “Come for a girl who reads.”
Within seconds, the police ride a bike and knock several demonstrators to the ground.
“What the hell, man! What the hell! Says a protester in the video.
The massive riots in Seattle and across the country were triggered by the police death of George Floyd on May 25, the 46-year-old black man who died in detention in the Minneapolis Police Department.
Video footage of Floyd’s arrest shows a policeman pressing his knee against Floyd’s neck and cutting off his air supply.
One of the arrest officers, Derek Chauvin, knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. Chauvin and three other police officers were charged.
The Seattle police quickly moved in to clear the demonstrators’ intersection on Thursday
Several non-arrested protesters mocked the police and accused them of excessive violence
Officials were sent to free demonstrators from the CHOP after the mayor passed an executive order
Police allege that demonstrators in the area hurled fireworks, bottles and stones at officials hours before the arrests
The police established a perimeter and took the demonstrators out of the downtown Seattle intersection on Thursday
DailyMail.com has asked the Seattle Police Department for a comment.
Seattle police said earlier Thursday they had arrested more than two dozen people who had gathered in an area that had been cleared hours earlier after the mayor ordered the city’s “occupied” protest zone to be closed.
In a statement, the police said they used pepper spray and blew up balls after people in the crowd started throwing bottles at officials.
25 people were arrested for not dispersing, attacking, and handicapping.
The chaos came after the police cleared the CHOP zone east of downtown early Wednesday morning.
The group had occupied several blocks in a park for about two weeks after police left a district station after riots and clashes that were part of the nationwide unrest over the Floyd murder in Minneapolis.
More than three dozen people were arrested early Wednesday for not being dispersed, disabled, attacked, and illegally possessing weapons.
Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered the area to be cleared after two fatal shootings.
Seattle police said on Thursday that they would continue to move people from the area or arrest them on Durkan’s orders.
At least 44 people were arrested in the early hours of Wednesday, when officials recaptured their district a few hours earlier after demonstrators ordered the area to be evacuated.
In a statement released on Thursday at 5:30 am, officials confirmed the 25 arrests for lack of distraction, assault, and disability. They added, “The police used explosive devices and pepper spray while trying to make arrests after people in the crowd started throwing bottles at officials.”
Police peppers sprayed demonstrators and arrested 25 people for refusing to leave Capitol Hill (CHOP) ‘s organized protest area in Seattle on Wednesday evening
Police and protesters clashed overnight Wednesday night after the police recaptured their territory
A 10-day distribution order remains as neighbors say we lost residents and small businesses after violence overran the headless zone and two teenagers were killed. A major cleanup came into effect on Wednesday
They had left the building and several blocks on June 8 after clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality.
A 10-day dissemination order was issued when neighbors said “we lost residents and small businesses” after violence hit the headless zone and two teenagers were killed.
A major cleanup took effect on Wednesday after the police cleared the demonstrators.
While the residents watched from the balconies, the police cleared the demonstrators’ tents out of the park and made sure no one was left in the park’s bathrooms.
Capitol Hill’s business owner, Faizel Khan, said to King5, “No, I don’t think anyone got anything out of it. I think we actually lost.”
The area around East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park remains closed to the public, only those who live there and do business are allowed to re-enter.
“I think we lost a mayor. We lost a councilor. We have lost residents. We have lost small businesses. We lost the Black Lives Matter movement. Losing life for children is the worst part of it, ”added business owner Khan.
An anonymous shopkeeper added: “It seems we should sacrifice our minds, our security, for this movement, and that doesn’t seem fair.”
The city workers then had to clean up huge piles of rubbish and tents that demonstrators left behind when bulldozers moved in and destroyed the camp.
City crews are dismantling the area of organized protest on Capitol Hill outside the cleared East Precinct of the Seattle Police Department
Cleanup began on Wednesday in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone
“I was just stunned by the amount of graffiti, garbage, and property destruction,” police chief Carmen Best said after walking around the area.
A group of local business owners sued the city, claiming that officials left the area and made it impossible to do business because there was no police or fire protection.
Police confirmed that they were forced to use pepper spray while arresting a person armed with a metal bar. They later added: “Individuals in the crowd are throwing bottles at officers. The officials have used pepper spray and are making arrests. «
Seattle police wore helmets, truncheons, and rifles and stood shoulder to shoulder on several streets, while others used bicycles to build a temporary fence that pushed dozens of demonstrators out of the center of the CHOP zone east of downtown.
“Our job is to support peaceful demonstrations, but what has happened on these streets in the past two weeks is lawless and brutal, and the bottom line is simply unacceptable,” said Best.
A protest organizer, Derrek Allen Jones II, said some protesters tried to stay, but were surprised by the early intervention by officials who “trod and turned everything I saw in sight”.
“People tried to assert themselves, but you could see the cops literally storming through people’s beds while they were sleeping. And say verbatim: “If you don’t come out, we’ll force you out or arrest you,” he said.
Images show garbage and debris that city workers collect with their tents and protest signs removed
36-year-old protester Jessie Livingston told The Guardian: “We will organize sit-ins, we will spam city officials, we will appear at city council meetings, we will do everything we know how. We are not going anywhere. ”
A black-clad man was peacefully handcuffed away, and other demonstrators sat on the wet floor until their small group was handcuffed and detained.
The police also tore down fences that demonstrators had set up around their tents and poked bushes in batons, apparently looking for people who might be hiding. An official took a sign that reads, “We will only leave when our demands are met: 1. Defund SPD now by 50%. 2. Fund black communities. 3. Free all demonstrators. ‘
After the police drove out the demonstrators, heavy equipment was used to remove concrete barriers and debris from the camps, while officials pulled yellow warning tapes from tree to tree to warn people against re-entering.
The step to mine the area follows the death of a 16-year-old boy named Antonio Mays Jr. in the early morning of Monday. A 14-year-old was also seriously injured when eyewitnesses said armed security in the zone 300 shots fired.
SCHEDULE OF VIOLENCE IN SEATTLE’S CHOP ZONE
8th June: Demonstrators occupy the area; The police left the area
20th June: A 19-year-old man is shot and a 33-year-old man is wounded
June 24th: Nearby businesses and property owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city
June 29th: Two teenagers shot – one fatally – in a jeep at the zone’s concrete barriers
June 30th: Barricades in Seattle’s head-free zone are demolished as demonstrators replace concrete barriers with trash cans and sofas
Early hours : Mayor Jenny Durkan demands that all barriers be removed after the number of violent crimes in the region has increased by 525 percent
5 am: The police rave about the zone
5:30 in the morning: According to eyewitnesses, officials have cleared the area
7am: Chef Carmen Best confirms that the police have recaptured the area
19-year-old Lorenzo Anderson was shot dead on June 20 at the protest site.
His father, Horace Lorenzo Anderson, said: “It doesn’t look like a protest to me anymore. It looks like they just took over and said we can take over whenever we want. ‘
The volunteer medic, Marty Jackson, described the area as an “active war zone” and said, “I don’t think we will stop here.”
“The recent public security threats are well documented,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon. ‘These acts of gun violence resulted in the tragic death of two teenagers, several of whom were seriously injured. Despite ongoing efforts to de-escalate and bring the community together, this violence required action. ‘
Durkan also said while assisting the police in their arrests on Wednesday, they don’t think that many of those arrested for offenses should be prosecuted. She also said she was determined to work for a job that would reduce systemic racism and create real security in the community.
“Events in Capitol Hill’s organized protest zone this morning should, if necessary, not mitigate the issue of racial justice,” Governor Jay Inslee said in an emailed statement.
Best said, in addition to the deadly shootings, robberies, assaults, violence and property crimes in the region in the past few weeks.
She said she wanted the police to return to the area so that officials could better respond to the needs in the area.
Protesters have said they should not be held responsible for the violence in the region.
Critics, including President Donald Trump, increasingly called for protesters to be removed.
Officers wore helmets, truncheons and rifles and gathered in the field at dawn
Mayor Jenny Durkan rightly called for all barriers to be removed from the city’s “occupied” protest zone after the number of violent crimes in the region increased 525 percent. Chef Carmen Best, right, said: “The CHOP has become lawless and brutal. Four shootings – two fatal – robberies, assaults, violence and innumerable property crimes have occurred in this block area. ‘
City workers begin dismantling tents and barricades left behind by police after the CHOP area was recaptured in Seattle
Attorney General William Barr praised Best for what he called “her courage and leadership in restoring the rule of law in Seattle.”
“Chief Best has rightly committed to continuing the discussion of the content while ending violence that threatens innocent people and undermines the rule of law that demonstrators are committed to defending,” he said in a statement.
The Seattle Black Collective Voice, founded by people in the protest zone, previously said that their work would continue even if they were evicted from the area.
On Wednesday afternoon, the group said via Twitter: “We don’t end with CHOP.”
The group said on Thursday that most of the demonstrators had redirected their organization to other areas of the city in the past week and that Wednesday’s actions “made it clear that they had no intention of making any changes or redesigns.”
Also this week, Seattle City Council President M. Lorena González said the council would not investigate council member Kshama Sawant, as Durkan had asked because González wanted the council to focus on other work, the Seattle Times reported.
Durkan asked the council to investigate Sawant on Tuesday, accusing her of opening the town hall to demonstrators on June 9 and taking part in a protest march to Durkan’s house on Sunday.
Sawant said she had not organized the march and described Durkan’s request as an attack on the movements of the workers.