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(SEATTLE) — Three police officers were injured, two seriously, in a clash with protesters on Friday night, the Seattle Police Department said.

A tweet on the Seattle Police Department Twitter account, attributed to Capt. Chris Fowler, said that the situation “is no longer demonstration management, this has turned into a riot.” Police used flash bangs and tear gas to clear the streets. The crowd, police said, had thrown wrenches, rocks and at least one explosive object in the direction of police.


“This is no longer demonstration management, this has turned into a riot” -Captain Chris Fowler. #MayDaySea

— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 2, 2015

Crowd throwing wrenches and rocks at officers at Broadway and Howell. Officers responding w/pepper spray and pepper balls. #MayDaySea

— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 2, 2015

Explosive device thrown at officers at Melrose and Olive. #MayDaySea

— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 2, 2015

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray released a statement Friday evening, saying that the city of Seattle “celebrate free speech, the right to assemble and freedom of the press.” Still, he noted, while “people are raising their voices across the nation, working constructively to advance issues of racial equity and justice in our society,” Friday night’s incidents are “a very different story.”

“Tonight we saw assaults on police officers and senseless property damage,” Murray said, “which cannot be tolerated.” He vowed to work to disperse those groups threatening the safety of others and arrest those who take part in violent actions.

“During this moment in history, peaceful protest and civil disobedience can be effective vehicles of change,” Murray said. “The city of Seattle prepared extensively to protect the rights of peaceful protesters to express their anger at racism and injustice.”


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