Incident occurs as city moves to defund the police department
Police in Seattle have made a number of arrests during violence that broke out by Capitol Hill after “members of a protest” vandalized a number of businesses in the area with pro-Black Lives Matter and anti-police slogans.
The group smashed windows at a Starbucks in the 800 block of 12th Avenue, while one person was arrested for property damage and another two for obstructing a law enforcement officer.
A police press release stated that more property damage was caused to businesses and residences.
Police released photos showing shattered windows at the Starbucks and the message “F— Up Dirty $” spray-painted on an ATM outside KeyBank.
Slogans supporting Black Lives Matter and violence against cops were spray-painted on buildings.
Another graffiti slogan was was “Land Back,” a nod to a liberal indigenous sovereignty movement-related counter-protest dubbed a National Day of Mourning.
Seattle has been part of the epicenter for unrest following the death of George Floyd, a Black man in Minnesota, earlier this summer.
The news comes as Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan moves to sign a new city budget reducing the police budget by 18%.
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Council members last week overwhelmingly voted to cut police funds and eliminate dozens of vacant positions within the Seattle Police Department.
The Democratic council also transferred parking enforcement officers, mental-health workers, and 911 dispatchers out of the police department.
Durkan said in a statement last week:
“I believe we are laying the groundwork to make systemic and lasting changes to policing.”
“We have rightly put forward a plan that seeks to ensure SPD has enough officers to meet 911 response and investigative needs throughout the city, while acknowledging and addressing the disproportionate impacts policing has had on communities of color, particularly Black communities.”
Earlier this year, Seattle residents expressed anger at their city’s Democrat leadership over plans to slash the police department’s funding.
Infuriated Seattleites thronged to the phones to blast the city council’s plans to dramatically cut the Seattle Police Department.