May day protests in Seattle have turned violent, as protesters wearing black clothing and masks used flag poles as weapons to damage cars and shop windows in the downtown Seattle shopping district.
From the Seattle Times:
UPDATE: 2:53 p.m. | Mayor McGinn has authorized the seizure of potential weapons. After vandals used handheld flag poles to break windows, the mayor says he will sign an emergency order authorizing police to confiscate items that can be used as weapons. He also said police have been using tactics developed in response to the 1999 WTO riots.
UPDATE: 1:45 p.m. | Cops say damage to stores and vehicles downtown amounts to “thousands and thousands ” of dollars as vandals struck store windows, cars, just about everything in their path. Officers followed them to Westlake Park where many of the vandals were reportedly changing out of the black clothes they wore while smashing windows.
Video here of the smashers.
May Day protests turned violent early Tuesday afternoon as a cluster of about 50 demonstrators dressed in black and carrying poles smashed windows and clashed with police in the downtown Seattle retail core.
Swarms of police on bikes and in riot gear attempted to corral the demonstrators with batons and chemical spray agents, but the protesters quickly disbursed. Some reintegrated into the crowd, shedding black clothing, Mayor Mike McGinn said at a news conference soon after.
McGinn issued an emergency order banning items that could be used weapons, and authorized police to pre-emptively seize the five-foot poles demonstrators used.