Dozens have been arrested after the protests in downtown Seattle turned violent over the weekend. Thousands of people protested peacefully initially the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
The protest turned violent late Saturday afternoon according to the Seattle police department. Several vehicles were set on fire, police cars, transit vehicles, and dozens of local businesses were vandalized.
Authorities deployed flash bangs to break up crowds . Although some spread out, many continued setting fires, looting, even after a 5pm curfew had been implemented by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan.
Sunday morning, Downtown Seattle experienced the complete opposite from Saturday afternoon. The Seattle community came together to help clean up the streets, secure and board up local businesses.
Seattle Police Department Chief Carmen Best and Mayor Jenny Durkan were both downtown by 9 a.m. surveying the damage and speaking to volunteers helping clean the streets.
Chief Best said she was “totally inspired” by what she saw from the community turning out to help clean their neighborhood and city.
Mayor Durkan said that Saturday was a “tough day for our city,” but said she loved seeing people coming downtown to help clean up and move forward.
Source: Kiro7 News