The George Floyd Protests in Seattle, Washington

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United States 04 Dec 2020 07:30

Seattle, Washington saw some of the most active protests in the United States in regard to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota by the police officer Derek Chauvin. Citizens came out of COVID-19 quarantine to protest despite the dangerous health conditions. The use of tear gas and less lethal weapons during the protests caused citizens to question the excessive use of force for crowd control by police. Seattle police hadn’t used tear gas since the protests during the World Trade Organizations Ministerial Conference in 1999. The city became an epicenter for protester’s demands.

The message of overcoming racism and police brutality expanded into a campaign for community funded programs to take precedence over the Seattle police force. A campaign for the defunding of the Seattle Police Department was central to the protests. One tactic used by protesters in the Capital Hill area of the city was to take over the vacated Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct. Through this action, they turned the surrounding area into a community named the Capital Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), which later changed its name to the Capital Hill Organized Protest (CHOP). Beyond the CHOP/CHAZ, Seattle protests along with the rest of the country saw the most ethnically and economically diverse protests against racism and police brutality the United States has ever seen.

George Floyd Seattle Protests

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Seattle, Washington
By beth01
30 May 2019

A protester cries out after being tear gassed during the George Floyd protests in Seattle, Washington. The second day of the protests turned violent with looting, tear gas, and police cars set on fire. Mayor Jenny Dirken called for a mandatory 5pm cerfew. Governor Jay Inslee activated 200 unarmed members of the National Guard to be brought in to protect businesses in the downtown area. The murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota sparks outrage across the United States of America. Many protests across the US are occuring, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which has many states still in lockdown.

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Seattle, Washington
By beth01
30 May 2019

The second day of protests in response to the murder of George Floyd turned violent in downtown Seattle, Washington with looting, tear gas, and police cars set on fire. Mayor Jenny Dirken called for a mandatory 5pm cerfew. Governor Jay Inslee activated 200 unarmed members of the National Guard to be brought in to protect businesses in the downtown area. The murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota sparks outrage across the United States of America. Many protests across the US are occuring, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which has many states still in lockdown.

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George Floyd Protests, Seattle, Betha...
Seattle, Washington
By beth01
30 May 2019

Protests in response to the murder of George Floyd of Minneapolis, Minnesota turned violent in Seattle, Washington with looting, tear gas, and police cars set on fire. Mayor Jenny Dirken called for a mandatory 5pm cerfew. Governor Jay Inslee activated 200 unarmed members of the National Guard to be brought in to protect businesses in the downtown area. The murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota sparks outrage across the United States of America. Many protests across the US are occuring, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which has many states still in lockdown.

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Seattle, Washington
By beth01
30 May 2019

Protesters use umbrellas as preperation to block the use of tear gas by police during the protests in response to the death of George Floyd of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The second day of protests in Seattle, Washington turned violent with looting, tear gas, and police cars set on fire. Mayor Jenny Dirken called for a mandatory 5pm cerfew. Governor Jay Inslee activated 200 unarmed members of the National Guard to be brought in to protect businesses in the downtown area. Seattle, Washington. May 30, 2020. The murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota sparks outrage across the United States of America. Many protests across the US are occuring, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which has many states still in lockdown.

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George Floyd Protests, Seattle, Betha...
Seattle, Washington
By beth01
30 May 2019

The second day of protests in response to the murder of George Floyd turned violent in downtown Seattle, Washington with looting, tear gas, and police cars set on fire. Mayor Jenny Dirken called for a mandatory 5pm cerfew. Governor Jay Inslee activated 200 unarmed members of the National Guard to be brought in to protect businesses in the downtown area. The murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota sparks outrage across the United States of America. Many protests across the US are occuring, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which has many states still in lockdown.

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George Floyd Protests, Seattle, Betha...
Seattle, Washington
By beth01
30 May 2019

The second day of protests in response to the murder of George Floyd turned violent in downtown Seattle, Washington with looting, tear gas, and police cars set on fire. Mayor Jenny Dirken called for a mandatory 5pm cerfew. Governor Jay Inslee activated 200 unarmed members of the National Guard to be brought in to protect businesses in the downtown area. The murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota sparks outrage across the United States of America. Many protests across the US are occuring, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which has many states still in lockdown.

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Seattle, Washington
By beth01
01 Jun 2019

Leading activists give speeches outside of City Hall in downtown Seattle after the protest was followed by the National Guard.

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Seattle, Washington
By beth01
01 Jun 2019

The National Guard on the fourth day of protests in Seattle, Washington in response to the murder of George Floyd by the police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The murder has sparked outrage across the United States of America. Many protests across the US are occuring, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, which has many states still in lockdown.

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Seattle, Washington
By beth01
11 Jun 2019

Black Lives Matter of Seattle King County called for a statewide silent march and general strike to bring attention to police brutality and institutionalized racism . Thousands of people particpated peacefully in the march in South Seattle. Throughout the state of Washington other smaller silent marches took place. Many businesses closed in solidarity with the marches message and many employees were allowed the day off work to participate in the march.

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Seattle, Washington
By beth01
07 Jun 2019

The We Want to Live march in South Seattle on Sunday, June 7th 2020 ended peacefully at a local grocery store. For many participants it was the first time they were able to come out and march. It was part of the ongoing protests against racism and police brutality. Seattle, Washington

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Seattle, Washington
By beth01
08 Jun 2019

The Seattle Police Department spray tear gas at the front line of a protest in the Capital Hill area of Seattle, Washington, which took place in response to the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Seattle, Washington
By beth01
07 Jun 2019

Activists create a memorial to George Floyd in the newly designated Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ in Seattle, Washington. CHAZ is a four block radius that has been taken over by local activists and protesters after the Seattle City Police abandoned the East Precinct Before the take over by the activist the four block radius was the location of violence during the protests highlighting the death of George Floyd in addition to racism and police brutality.

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Seattle, Washington
By beth01
15 Jun 2019

Protesters sit outside the vacated Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct in the newly designated Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ. CHAZ is a four block radius that has been taken over by local activists and protesters after the Seattle City Police abandoned their East Precinct. Before the take over by the activists, the four block radius was the location of violence during the protests highlighting the death of George Floyd in addition to racism and police brutality. The Seattle Police Department (SPD) demonstrated was said to have used excessive force on protesters with the use of tear gas, rubber bullets, flash bang grenades, and pepper spray. Some locals and city council members are asking to defund the SPD. Activists want the abandoned East Precinct turned into a community center.

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Seattle, Washington
By beth01
11 Jun 2019

Activists set up tents in the newly designated Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone or CHAZ. CHAZ is a four block radius that has been taken over by local activists and protesters after the Seattle City Police abandoned the East Precinct in this exact area of Seattle, Washington. Before the take over by the activist the four block radius was the location of violence during the protests highlighting the death of George Floyd in addition to racism and police brutality. The Seattle Police Department (SPD) demonstrated excessive force on peaceful protesters with the use of tear gas, rubber bullets, flash bang grenades, and pepper spray. Since such aggressive measures were taken by the police, many locals and even city council members are asking to defund the SPD. Activists want the abandoned East Precinct turned into a community center. As CHAZ has taken control of the area, local businesses and donations provide free food and water. Community healthcare is being offered out of tents and vans, as activist have erected tents on and around the abandoned police department, even a community garden has been planted in the city park that is part CHAZ. Speeches, poetry, and film are educating and entertaining the CHAZ community. Seattle, Washington

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Seattle, Washington
By beth01
21 Jun 2019

A teach-in at the Decolonization Discussion Cafe in the Capital Hill Organized Protest Zone (CHOP), an area of the city of Seattle, which fell to protesters after the police department vacated their East Precinct during the George Floyd protests.