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At least twice in the last two weeks police and medics have responded to the scene of a violent crime only to be confronted and

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Seattle's Problem with Angry Crowds at the Scene of Violent Crimes

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At least twice in the last two weeks police and medics have responded to the scene of a violent crime only to be confronted and slowed down by a crowd of angry bystanders. The latest episode in this disturbing trend came yesterday, as authorities were attempting to come to the aid of a stabbing victim in Cal Anderson Park.

According to a report by the Associated Press, a 30-year-old victim was taken to the hospital with "non-life-threatening" injuries and a 20-year-old woman was arrested and booked for investigation of assault stemming from the incident - but not before police were forced to deal with a crowd of onlookers described as "hostile."

As you'll recall, a similarly described crowd in a Jack in the Box parking lot on Rainier Avenue South slowed down the response to the shooting of Courtney Taylor on May 16. Taylor later died from his injuries. The Seattle Times reported that members of this mob were "posturing, ripping off their shirts and challenging officers to fight," according to Seattle Police Department spokesman Mark Jamieson. Court documents indicate there were 40-50 people at the scene.

Prosecutors now say a Seattle-area rapper known as "John Taylor" - real name Troy D. Sanders - is responsible for the shooting death of Courtney Taylor, having charged Sanders with second-degree murder on Wednesday. He was allegedly shooting a rap video in the Jack in the Box parking lot at the time of the crime.

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