The friendly officer on the left said of SW, "It's not really news," and that I was "obstructing."
Saw an interesting sight in front of Shuckers, on Third and Seneca today.
Six Seattle police officers surrounding two men who appeared to be Middle Eastern.
There were no handcuffs involved, no yellow tape, no guns drawn, but from what I heard, the situation had been going down for about a half hour by the time I arrived.
I took a few pictures, and, when I approached one of the men who appeared to be quasi-detained, asked him what was going on. Right about then, I got a few cat calls from the heat.
"How do you like your dirt?," a red-headed female officer asked me, later explaining that she wanted to know how I would want a disagreement with the cops playing out in public.
I then offered my card to one of the men. He did not appear to understand English, so one of the cops told him, "He's with a local newspaper."
Cop #2: "It's not really news."
I asked a couple more questions to the gentlemen who never volunteered an answer, but the cops had plenty to say, like "You're obstructing," and "You better move on."
I walked across the street and eyeballed the situation for a couple more minutes, at which point a suit appeared, said a few words to the gentlemen in question. It was at this point that one of the men asked the other men to have his picture taken with the cops.
Never knew a photo op necessitated six cops, a nifty blue van, and a ton of testosterone.