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Seattle police precinct vandalized soon after city removes protective barricade

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 3/3/2021 Jake Dima
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A Seattle Police Department precinct was vandalized with graffiti on Tuesday shortly after the city removed a protective barricade that surrounded the building, according to authorities.

The phrases "NO GOOD COPS IN A RACIST SYSTEM," "cops kill," and "BLM," among other words, were sprayed in graffiti on both the SPD West Precinct and the sidewalk area around the headquarters. Police said a group protesting "inequity in policing" was responsible for the damage.

Officers cleaned off the spray paint during the beginning of their Wednesday shift. The West Precinct remains closed to the public to meet Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, police said.

The headquarters was also vandalized in late June 2020 with the phrases "Defund SPD," "F--k the police," and "All lives don't matter," despite the existence of the barricade, which police set up during mass demonstrations in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes toward the end of May.

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Seattle was a hotbed for riot activity, and it gained national attention after an enclosed autonomous zone known as the "Capitol Hill Organized Protest" or CHOP was formed. Two people died, including a juvenile, and four were shot during prolonged violence in late June after protesters took over SPD's East Precinct and erected fences that cut off law enforcement access. The occupied district persisted for weeks before officers were given the OK to disband it.

In late August, rioters were captured on video attempting to lock officers inside the East Precinct and burn it to the ground. Their efforts were unsuccessful, but law enforcement said the group mixed concrete to seal them inside.

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“They mixed up the ‘Quikrete’ and then tried to seal off the exits,” Sgt. Randy Huserik said. “I don’t think there’s a lot of leaps that have to be made about what their intent was last night.”

In October, Jacob Greenburg, the 19-year-old stepson of former state Rep. Laura Ruderman who faced prior charges for attempted arson and reckless burning, was arrested and charged in connection to an SDP officer getting hit in the head with a baseball bat by a protester. That incident was caught on video.

Tags: News, Seattle, Police, Law Enforcement, Protests, Riots, George Floyd, Unrest

Original Author: Jake Dima

Original Location: Seattle police precinct vandalized soon after city removes protective barricade

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