Perfectly Peaceful Occupy Protesters Damage Hundreds of Windows in Downtown Seattle

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.

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  • jim_m

    Hey, it could have been worse.  In Cleveland they were planing to blow the place up.

    Remember:  obama friend, political mentor, ghostwriter, and unrepentant domestic terrorist Bill Ayers said that his only regret was that he didn’t set off more bombs.  These people are only doing what ayers and obama want.

    • jim, I believe that you went too far by implying that President Obama would want terrorist acts to take place.

      However, Obama did voice some support for the OWS people. I’d like to see the RNC produce an advertisement quoting Obama’s support of OWS, while showing the illegal behavior of OWS participants.

      • jim_m

        Then we disagree.  Based on statements such as “Never let a good crisis go to waste”, I believe that it is reasonable to assume that domestic unrest is a potential crisis that he would welcome as an excuse to advance his agenda over the objections of the public.

        When your closest advisers have a history of gleefully welcoming disaster it is hard to believe that such acts are not desired. 

        Since obama has promoted the OWS movement I think he would welcome any unrest they instigate.

        • Domestic unrest is what the Tea Party has been a part of. I’m sure that Obama would welcome that style of unrest coming from liberals, but I don’t think that he would want actual physical harm. Instead, he would want liberals to achieve the same success that the Tea Party has, using Tea Party tactics, not using the tactics of terrorists.

          • I see nothing in what little we know of 0bama’s radical background and less from his actions (and inactions) in office to suggest he would welcome “[Tea Party]…style unrest coming from liberals…”  I’d be interested in what concrete facts you can point to in support of that position, David.

          • cirby

            Yeah, you can tell that the Tea Party has been all about the domestic unrest, by the way they keep NOT having it at their events.  Apparently they love it so much they’re not using it at all so it will stay in mint condition.

          • jim_m

            The TEA Party has been inciting domestic unrest?  WTF have you been smoking.  The TEA Party has put on peaceful, organized protests.  That doesn’t amount to “Unrest”. 

            Sorry Dave, but you are just another useful idiot for the left.  You have fallen for the whole “TEA Party is racist, reactionary and intolerant” line of BS that the left and media have put out there to try to discredit the fact that the movement stands for freedom and person responsibility.

            As for obama, the man shared an office for years with a domestic terrorist that said he didn’t plant enough bombs to kill Americans; he went to a church that shouts “G*d Damn America!”; he has taken every opportunity to promote racial and social discord over he last 3.5 years.

            You may be too stupid too see it, but the rest of us aren’t.

          • Guest

            There you go. Anytime anyone disagrees with Jim’s over the top fantasies, he declares them stupid.

            Jim acts like he’s a 12 year old, launching ad hominem attacks on anyone who points out how wacky his CwAzY heories are.

          • jim_m

             Please show me that the TEA Party has been fomenting unrest.  Provide links.

            And no, Showing a demonstration is not unrest (especially when you consider that TEA Party protests leave a cleaner site than when they started).

  • UOG

    All I want to say is: If you tolerate a child acting-out you guarantee they will continue to act-out.

  • Stan Brewer

    I have noticed a pattern here. Most of the #OWS violence has occurred in major cities where the DemocRATs control the government. In cities where there is a Republican mayor, there is no violence. Kind of shows what kind of mentality the liberals have.

    • Meiji_man

      The mentality is “Act Out where you can get away with it.”

  • EricSteel

    Acts of Terrorism are part of the RICO act. Between this and the attempted bombing of the Cleveland Bridge by members of Occupy Cleveland, somebody should be looking into tying them to RICO.

    • jim_m

       How about just treason.

      • EricSteel

        Because a charge of treason would never be successful, but RICO comes in two forms, criminal AND civil. Even if Eric Holder does nothing in filing federal criminal RICO charges the shop owners could file a civil RICO suit. And if succesful are entitled to triple the actual damages.

        • jim_m

           Or better yet…

          Just hold them as terrorists under the Patriot Act and send them to Gitmo.  The best part is that I am sure they will still cast ballots for obama in November.

          • Guest

            even after Rusty points out jim’s fallacies Jim sticks to them like a Mama pit bull on a socialist.

            Because Jim is never wrong – others are just too stupid to agree with him.

      • Doesn’t satisfy the Constitutional definition of treason.

        • Guest

           Of course not. Remember the source of the analysis is just a loud mouth boor.

        • jim_m

           True, but their intent is the same.  They want to tear down this nation and erect some socialist dystopia.  No, you could never convict them of treason, but not because that isn’t what they intend.

      • Guest

        American citizens protesting is “treason” if you’re a loud-mouth ass with no reasoning ability.

        Welcome to Jim’s over the top world, where “treason” is the act of doing something Jim doesn’t agree with.

        • Right. Conspiring to blow up a bridge is just “protesting.”

  • retired.military

    I am sure Chico and Grumpy Chickenshit Old Guy fully approve of the OWS actions.

  • herddog505

    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.

    “If you children don’t play nice, I’ll… I’ll… I’ll take your toys away from you!”


    Here’s a better solution:
    Mayor Herddog has authorized the use of lethal force against rioters, looters and vandals, and will sign an emergency order allowing store owners to shoot to kill.

    • retired.military

      We are talking about Seattle.  The storeowners would have to buy guns first.

      Wait wait

      They would have to pass a law allowing store owners to buy guns first.

      • herddog505

        Charlton Heston had an amusing story along those lines:

        During the Los Angeles riots in 1992, a good many of these folk suffered a change of heart. As smoke from burning buildings smudged the skyline and the TV news showed looters smashing windows, laughing as they carted off boom boxes and booze, I got a few phone calls from firmly anti-gun friends in clear conflict. ‘Umm, Chuck, you have quite a few . . . ah, guns, don’t you?’*


        ‘Could you lend me one for a day or so? I tried to buy one, but they have this waiting period . . .’

        ‘Yeah, I know. I remember you voted for that. Do you know how to use a shotgun?’

        ‘No, I thought maybe you could teach me. This is getting a little scary.’

        ‘I noticed. It does that sometimes. I could teach you, but not in an hour. You might shoot yourself instead of the bad guys. The Marines are coming up from Pendleton; that’ll end it. When it does, go buy yourself a good shotgun and take some lessons.’


        (*) As I understand it, Heston had “a few guns” like the US Army has a “few guns”!

      • Guest

        So you feel a store owner would be justified in shooting a protester who broke one of his or her windows?

        • jim_m

           If it’s you, Yes.


        • Jim Raper

          In this case, yes.

          • Guest

            Why “in this case”?

            When is somebody’s life worth less than a piece of glass? Please explain….

          • jim_m

             When it’s yours 😉

          • Shooting is too good for him, he was born to be hanged.

          • herddog505

            When a person decides to riot, cause mayhem, and otherwise cast aside the rules of civilized and peaceful society, then it seems to me that it is not only a law-abiding citizen’s right but his DUTY to shoot the son of a bitch.

            A crook’s life is not only worthless but is a burden on society.

        • SCSIwuzzy

          What if I took his stick from him an beat him like a rug on Saturday?  Would that be acceptable?

      • Hi, retired.  I know you’re probably being sarcastic, but in case you didn’t know, as liberal as Washington is, it is one of the most pro-gun states in the country.

  • 914

    A preview of Barry’s fall get rid of the vote shenanigans..

  • Modern Liberalism is an inherently destructive philosophy.  People who have failed to grow up collectively throwing a violent temper tantrum.

  • cirby

    Of course, the funniest part so far was the photo of a number of OWS types breaking the windows of a Nike store – with one of the vandals wearing shoes with the Nike “swoosh.”

    “Damn you, you capitalists, for making, er, these comfy and stylish shoes.  Take that!”

  • James Taranto at Best of the Web highlighted this post in today’s article. But he said it was by Jim Hoft. Who’s that?

    • Jim is the gatewaypundit as I recall.

      I’ve e-mailed Mr. Taranto to request a correction.

    • Taranto fixed the link. It has Charlie’s name now. 🙂

  • Dear Mr. Quidnunc,

    Could you please speak with your technical folks and see if you could implement a “moron filter.”  I am not interested in a “troll filter,” because I read the troll posts to see how the “other side” thinks and they can be somewhat enlightening.  It appears as though we have a recurring visitor who is not prone to logical argument.  Could we filter this person “out.”

    Thank you.