Seattle May Day protest results in 9 arrests as Molotov cocktails hurled at police, injuring 5
Sunday’s May Day protest in Seattle went from a peaceful assembly to a violent disregard for police as protesters lit fireworks, threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police. Seattle Police confirmed nine people were arrested, five officers were injured and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray issued a statement condemning the ” senseless acts of violence and property destruction” and thanked police for their “extraordinary work.”
“It is unfortunate and deeply regrettable that in a city that goes to incredible lengths to respect First Amendment rights, there are some who disregard our values and engage in senseless acts of violence and property destruction,” he said. “My thoughts are with the officers who were injured.”
Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole said that her officers underwent “enhanced crowd management training” and had planned for the May Day unrest as violence also broke out at gatherings in Los Angeles, Paris, Istanbul, Moscow, Manila and London.