Medical activists lead Seattle protest against police brutality
Protests erupted in Seattle on Saturday for the ninth consecutive day over the death of George Floyd, with large numbers of medical staff demonstrating against racism and police brutality.
On Saturday, thousands of doctors, nurses and others were in lab coats and scrubs in addition to the march mask from Harborview Medical Center to City Hall. A sign stated, “The nurses knelt with you, not on you.” Another said, “Police violence and racism is a public health emergency.”
A medical student at the University of Washington, Nhi Tan told The Seattle Times that she was involved in a display of “overwhelming sadness”.
He said, “It took irrefutable proof in the right video, the right camera angle, the perfect light for white America to see what’s happening.”
A protest in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district about 7:30 PM. When a small group of protesters began throwing objects at officers and police deployed flash bang grenades to disperse the crowd, Kissing TV reported.
Crowds also protested in the city and other parts of the state, with protests held at Shoreline, Bellingham and elsewhere.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said Saturday that she is encouraging protesters to test for COVID-19, with public health departments in the city and King County covering heterosexuals participating in large protests The testing criteria for have expanded.
“Since last week, Seattle residents have gathered to share George Floyd’s murder and the injustice and despair against black Americans,” Durkan said in a written statement. “While I believe everyone should exercise their authority and speak up, we must also remember in the midst of an epidemic.”
Demonstrators protest against Floyd’s death in the U.S.
Demonstrations in Seattle have been viewed among the largest cities in years. After severely criticizing the police by protesters and public officials for using tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the largely peaceful crowd, Durkan and Police Chief Carmen Best called on the department on Friday A 30-day ban on the use of tear gas.
During that time, the Community Police Commission, the Office of Police Accountability and the Office of the Inspector General for Public Safety will review and update crowd-control policies, including the use of pepper spray and deadly force techniques such as neck and choke hold, best . said. He and the mayor said the ban could be extended if groups needed more time for policy review.
The city also addressed other concerns of protesters last week, raising its curfew and forbidding officials who work to keep protests from covering their badge numbers.
Protests in recent times have been more peaceful than in the previous weekend, when small groups were engaged in riots and looting. The police have also been more restrained.
“I think the last two days have shown that you can have very big demonstrations in two parts of the city and they can be run peacefully and without any confrontation with the police,” Durkan said.
On Friday, Bellevue Police Chief Steve Mylett banned his officers from using controversial neck restrictions when lethal force is required.