A march through the streets of downtown on Saturday, organized by the October 22 Coalition Against Police Brutality, got a little out of control when protesters smashed the window of a cop car with a hammer. Video uploaded yesterday to YouTube shows the beginning of the rally and participants dressed all in black chanting "All cops are bastards."
The footage shows the beginning of the demonstration in Westlake Park. Leaders of the October 22 Coalition Against Police Brutality--an organization formed in the wake of the fatal shooting of John T. Williams by SPD officer Ian Birk--urge the crowd to chant, "Hey hey SPD, why do killer cops go free?" and "No justice, no peace, no racist police."
Using a bullhorn, one of the organizers calls the comments from SPD officials and city leaders earlier this month, at the police accountability forum hosted by The Stranger, "a bunch of bullshit."
"We're going to speak out and we're going to give organized expression to our anger," she says. "A lot of people say they know that police brutality is really fucked up, but there ain't nothing we can do about it. But what just happened in Egypt shows that when people in their millions refuse to be oppressed or brutalized or degraded or tortured anymore, you can change things."
The video cuts to later in the march, and shows a group dressed all in black, wearing masks and holding black flags. They're carrying a banner that says "A.C.A.B. All Cops Are Bastards," and chanting the same message.
According to SPD, two people were arrested during the demonstration. Here's why, via the SPD Blotter (emphasis added):
On February 12th, at approximately 1:30 PM, a demonstration occurred at Westlake Park. At the conclusion of the demonstration, the demonstration turned into a march, with West Precinct bicycle officers monitoring the march. The group marched through downtown and then eastbound on Pike Street. As the group march[ed], members of the group would pull large items, such as newspaper stands and sandwich boards into the streets. This caused the Bicycle officers to flank the group on both sides to prevent any further damage to private property. The group eventually made its way up to the East Precinct, located at 12th Avenue and East Pine Street. At that time, an unknown suspect used a hammer to break out the driver's side window of an unoccupied police car parked on East Pine Street. Officers attempted to contact the suspect in the crowd, but other demonstrators prevented officers from getting to the suspect. The suspect was able to slip back into the crowd and disappear. Officers arrested two women for obstructing. The rest of the demonstration dispersed. The two women, ages 20 and 26, were later booked into the King County Jail.
It's probably worth noting that the people in black chanting, "All cops are bastards," sound remarkably similar to the group of anarchists who caused a commotion last weekend outside the King County Jail.