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Seattle Rioting Leaves 12 Officers Injured, Numerous Businesses Vandalized

Seattle, WA – Twelve police officers were injured and multiple business were vandalized during an anti-U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) protest on Sunday.

The protest began at about 10:30 a.m. on July 10 at Westlake Park and was initially peaceful, KIRO reported.

Police said a separate group armed with bats and fireworks arrived at about 1:30 p.m. in the afternoon and vandalized businesses and launched an attack on officers, The Washington Post reported.

At least 12 police officers were injured by shrapnel after rioters launched fireworks at them inside the police precincts and one officer had to be hospitalized.

Multiple businesses were vandalized with spray paint and had their windows smashed, The Washington Post reported.

Rioters smashed the glass windows and painted “F–k ICE” on the front of the Seattle Municipal Court Building.

Police said they also damaged the old federal courthouse building and vandalized the Seattle Police Department headquarters before moving on to destroy commercial businesses, KIRO reported.

Seattle Police Sergeant Lauren Truscott said rioters fired mortar-type fireworks at officers at the West Precinct, injuring 12, KIRO reported.

Police said one officer was transported to Harborview Medical Center after “fragmentation entered his throat and neck area” from one of the exploding pyrotechnics launched at officers.

“Multiple officers were injured by the fireworks thrown at them,” Seattle police said in a press release, according to The Washington Post. “Two of the officers suffered lacerations and abrasion injuries while a third officer sustained burns to his neck area and needed to be treated by the Seattle Fire Department. He was later transported to the hospital.”

Police used blast balls and pepper spray to hold back protesters but did not deploy gas, KIRO reported.

The new rules banning less lethal weapons against protesters go into effect later in July, according to the Seattle Times.

After rioters finished vandalizing the West Precinct, they marched to the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct in the former occupied zone around Capitol Hill.

The group destroyed more businesses along the way, KIRO reported.

A security guard at a Walgreens that had been vandalized told reporters that store had been looted.

Sgt. Truscott said the violent protesters smashed windows at the East Precinct and launched “some type of pyrotechnic item” into the lobby, KIRO reported.

A bystander put the fire out and nobody was injured in that attack, according to police.

Sgt. Truscott said the violent group appeared to be well-organized and acted in “a joint effort to target specific businesses and government buildings,” KIRO reported.

Videos shared to social media showed rioters busting out windows at an Amazon Go store and painting anti-Bezos messages on the walls, The Washington Post reported.

Amazon and The Washington Post are both owned by Jeff Bezos.

Rioters also smashed windows and set fires inside multiple Starbucks locations, The Washington Post reported.

“Individuals in the group appeared to target Starbucks and Amazon,” Sgt.  Truscott told reporters.

The violent protests comes just two weeks after Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan finally allowed police to take back the six occupied blocks around the East Precinct.

Sgt. Truscott said two people were arrested during Sunday’s riot, KIRO reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining Blue Lives Matter, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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