Seattle police chief announces city will start cracking down on violent protesters

by Peter Heck · Jan 24th, 2021 3:55 pm

Last Updated Jan 26th, 2021 at 12:06 am

Seattle's interim police Chief Adrian Diaz announced Saturday a new, stricter policy on street protests that includes prosecution for those who destroy property.

Diaz said that the city's violent protesters aren't spreading any worthwhile message or advocating a cause. He told reporters that he has wanted to see a crack down on the vandals for months.

"They've been focused on lighting fires, they've been focused on, you know, breaking windows, and these are things we need to work on," the interim chief said.

"When we don't have any form of accountability for people — and many of them that are coming from outside the city — they will continue to do that destruction, and we can't have that."

The Emerald City has been dealing with a rash of violent demonstrations since the summer, at one point even ceding six city blocks to protesters who declared it the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. In late July, President Trump dispatched a team of tactical border officers to Seattle in case they were needed to quell intensifying riots.

Enforcement of the new policy was set to commence Saturday afternoon.


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