"May Day" protests turn violent in Seattle

May 2, 2016 5:38 PM by News Staff

May Day march in Seattle erupted into violence Sunday after at least 5 officers injured and nearly a dozen people were arrested.

Protesters hurled rocks, bricks and flares. Police used pepper spray and stun grenades to disperse the anti-capitalist demonstrators.

The violence started with a clash at a road block and clashes sustained throughout the city. Some demonstrators clearly dressed and armed for a fight.

Quickly, the May Day protest in Seattle escalated with smoke bombs exploding throughout the afternoon.

"The Seattle PD worked hard to protect the first amendment rights of those in the city. The demonstrators put some innocent people in jeopardy so we had to take action," a police official said.

Earlier, many marching focused their anger at what they called a 'corrupt' capitalist system.


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