2 arrested as Seattle protests turn violent

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say two people were arrested and some police officers were injured Sunday afternoon when a large protest turned violent.

Police said demonstrators threw rocks and bottles and at least one officer was transported to a hospital. People also broke out windows of the East Precinct police station in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood and ignited a small fire, authorities said.

The Seattle Times reports the East Precinct was the site of several nights of often violent confrontations between police and protesters last month, resulting in the department abandoning the precinct building, which became the epicenter for the “Capitol Hill Organized Protest,” or CHOP.

Protesters had marched from Capitol Hill to downtown. Several downtown storefronts were smashed and the Seattle Municipal Court Building was also vandalized.

Protesters marched and shouted “No Justice! No Peace” and called for defunding of the Seattle Police Department.

Protests have taken place almost every night in Seattle since the May 25 killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer