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SPD says this morning's search warrant was served as part of the ongoing investigation into May Day violence.
Not surprisingly, this morning's early-morning SWAT raid

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Differing Accounts Emerge of This Morning's May Day-Related Raid by SPD

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SPD says this morning's search warrant was served as part of the ongoing investigation into May Day violence.
Not surprisingly, this morning's early-morning SWAT raid of a Seattle apartment as part of the Seattle Police Department's ongoing investigation into the violence on May Day is being cast in different lights by the different parties involved. What's generally agreed upon is a search warrant was served at approximately 6 a.m. at a residence in the 1100 Block of 29th Avenue South. From there, accounts differ.

Predictably, SPD is downplaying this morning's activities as just another ho-hum day at the office.

The official SPD release taken from the SPD Blotter blog:

Early this morning, SWAT and detectives served a search warrant to a residence as part of the ongoing May Day investigation. Just before 6:00 am, detectives contacted four individuals inside the residence in the 1100 Block of 29th Avenue South. The search resulted in evidence that will be useful in the investigation. The detectives are continuing to work toward identifying suspects in the May Day riot. There may be more search warrants in the future. The four individuals contacted inside the residence this morning were cooperative with investigators and after being interviewed, were released from the scene. The May Day investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact SPD's May Day tip line at (206) 233-2666 or MayDay2012@Seattle.gov.

While the nuts and bolts are the same, that account varies from the more detailed version being offered by Occupy Seattle organizers, who say they were at the root of this morning's police activity.

Here's the statement distributed by the Occupy Seattle movement, which if very similar to a post on Kasama, where many first heard of the police activity this morning:

SWAT team raids Occupy Seattle organizers

SEATTLE, Wash--Early morning, June 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of several organizers from the Occupy movement. The sleeping individuals, two residents and two visitors, scrambled to put on clothes as they were confronted by officers holding drawn tactical rifles.

The neighbor, Natalio Perez heard the attack from downstairs: "Suddenly we heard a loud crash which was, I guess, them breaking down the door, and then right after I heard what must have been the flash bang grenade and a lot of yelling over a loudspeaker. I heard them go up the stairs and then there was just a lot of crashing and stomping as they tore the place apart."

After the raid, the residents examined the papers handed them by a detective. One explained: "This warrant notes that they were specifically looking for 'anarchist materials'--this says to me that it's an explicitly political thing. That we are not being raided for connection to any crime, but to some political ideology that the police think we have. I was just doing research on the old Pinkerton strikebreaking paramilitaries, so it's kind of funny, you know, to have that old red scare history burst through my front door at six AM."

This action targets well known activists from Occupy Seattle who have recently been involved with anti-police brutality organizing, actions against the juvenile detention center and the weekly Food for Everyone free barbecue in the Central District.

"They took basic stuff," another resident said. "A zip-up sweater, one glove, a blue beanie, a pink scarf. They took a few flyers we had, one from a book release party for a book on Occupy. This is stuff that would be in the house of any activist or even people who just come to events now and then."

If both releases are to be believed, one can't help but wonder how a zip-up sweater, one glove, a blue beanie and a pink scarf constitutes "evidence that will be useful in the investigation."

Naturally, we're following up on this emerging story and will update this post (or write new posts) as details come to light and people return messages.

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