Seattle mayor bans tear gas for 30 days amid anti-racism protests
"After hearing concerns about the use of CS gas for crowd control purposes earlier this week ... we decided we were going to suspend its use for 30 days," Police Chief Carmen Best said.During that time, the Community Police Commission, the Office of Police Accountability and the Office of 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 holds, Best said. She and the mayor added that the ban could be extended if groups need more time for policy review.
SWAT team members who are specially trained can continue to use tear gas in the meantime in what she called "life safety" situations and only under her authority, Best said.Protests Wednesday and Thursday were among the largest Seattle has seen in years. But authorities reported only minor problems following days of unrest in which police used tear gas and pepper spray and some people smashed windows and burned police vehicles.
Best said that rocks and bottles were thrown at officers during protests Thursday night but officers showed restraint. One officer was taken to a hospital for treatment after he was hit by an object, she added."I think the last two days have shown that you can have very large demonstrations in two parts of the city and that they can be conducted in peace and without any confrontations with police," Durkan said.
Earlier this week, Durkan and Best ended a city-wide curfew ahead of schedule to address concerns raised by protesters.The Seattle area's largest labour group also said this week it will expel the Seattle Police Officers Guild later this month unless the union admits that racism is a problem in law enforcement and agrees to address that problem in negotiating its next contract with the city.
The Martin Luther King Jr. County Labor Council passed a resolution Thursday as protests continue in Seattle and nationally over the killing of Floyd last week in Minneapolis. The resolution attributes policing problems to systemic racism. It called on the Seattle police union to acknowledge that or be thrown out of the umbrella group of more than 150 unions and 100,000 workers that wields tremendous power in greater Seattle politics.
The labour council's resolution Thursday specifically mentioned contracts between police and the city. It said the police union must participate in an effort "dedicated to promoting safety within our community and within law enforcement by addressing racism within SPOG ΓÇª and ensuring that contracts do not evade legitimate accountability."
Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan declined to comment Thursday to The Seattle Times. In tweets Thursday, the police union thanked people for increasingly peaceful protests and said officers and protesters are part of the same community "and there are people with loved ones, frustrations and hope for the future on both sides of the line."
Early Friday, Solan posted a video on Twitter set to dramatic music that shows "Kill cops" graffiti and a statement that says Floyd's death is in opposition to everything the guild stands for.Later in the video, Solan is heard telling KIRO radio of an officer who broke their ankle during the protests and that "there's a faction of anarchists who are tragically stealing the peaceful protesters' message against police officers."
"I am fearful that this will spin out of control," is the last thing he says on the video. It ends with the message, "We're with you Seattle."Floyd, a black man, died after a white police officer pressed his knee on his neck for almost nine minutes, not lifting it after Floyd stopped moving and pleading for air. That officer and three colleagues were fired and now face criminal charges in the death.Read more: CTV News »
Why only 30 days? If it's improper to use now then you don't need to use it. Just remove it outright and use the cost savings to support the community. It's that simple. Because its a chemical weapon.... Ban it forever. Ffs Will Bricks, rocks, stones, frozen water bottles and Molotov cocktails still be available?
Wouldn’t want to give city employees the tools to control anarchy would he. They ran out. China won't deliver How long before the governor over rules it? Or Trump?
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Trudeau takes a knee at anti-racism demonstrationPrime Minister Justin Trudeau took a knee while attending a demonstration on Parliament Hill that was organized to protest racial injustice and police brutality. Read more here: JustinTrudeau you forgot to paint your face and kneel on a banana Ppl talking smack about a blackface photo are grasping at straws, we were all young and made stupid decisions, he owned it and dealt with it. Canadians should be proud of the fact our leader stands with them in times as such instead of adding friction. Negative ppl not needed Made sure there was a good clear view too didn’t they
What tear gas does to your bodyDeadly tear gas is banned in war, yet was sprayed on people to control riots — via healthing_ca healthing_ca If you are rioting you deserve it. In fact they should have used more lethal mustard gas. Think I’m horrible, support the protestors and rioters? Then you support this you monsters ⬇️ healthing_ca Great reporting Nation post, if it was tear gas the cops would have wore masks. They did not. healthing_ca NYT says don’t get tear gased as Covid and tear gas don’t mix
Anti-racism protests are important but so is guarding against COVID-19, Chrystia Freeland saysFreeland’s spoke amid calls from opposition politicians and activists for the Liberal government to move from words to actions when addressing racism in Canada I was just at a march this evening in Kitchener. A few thousand people attended. It was peaceful. We tried our best to keep our distance, masks were mandatory, no exceptions! We were outdoors. The risk was minimal. so according to Freeland people cannot walk and chew gum at the same time Enough with the nanny state, let's get on with business already, both of these issues don't put food on the table and are unbelievably annoying
Flying in solidarity: N.S. pilot draws fist in the sky to support anti-racism protestsA Dartmouth, N.S. pilot known for his elaborate flight path drawings took to the sky Thursday to draw a fist in a show of solidarity for the anti-racism movement. Isn't this excess flying contributing to climate change? Well that did it. We solved racism. Everyone go home.
Tear gas, outrage, solidarity: Scenes from the protests against racism across the U.S. - Macleans.caPhotographers on the ground during protests and riots across the U.S. capture images of pain, resilience and the aftermath of police brutality Why does the MSM continuously try to make things worse? They apparently want to turn the anger and hatred and violence up to 11. Is it be design? Why no story on the Police who were killed or injured. Or innocent people who were killed or injured. Why no story of the fire that killed a family of 5 children because protesters wouldn’t let the firefighters in? Why does the MSM continuously try to make things worse? They apparently want to turn the anger and hatred and violence up to 11. Is it by design?