Seattle police have announced the arrests of at least 14 people after unauthorized May Day demonstrations erupted in violent clashes stemming from a black-clad group circling downtown toward Cal Anderson Park, according to a report.
Q13Fox reported that the group blocked traffic and created hazards – including torches – on the street. The group threw bottles, rockets, stones, eggs full of paint at police officers, according to police. The detainees were charged with ranging from assault to destruction of property.
Police said at least one bystander was “covered” with eggs on the street. One person was arrested for allegedly throwing a stone through an open window of a police car. The driver was hit, the Q1
Last week, police chief Adrian Diaz announced that the department was in a “personal crisis” after more than 180 police officers left last year and another 66 employees have left their jobs so far this year, police data show.
“We are currently at record low levels in the city. I have about 1,080 officers stationed. This is the lowest I’ve seen in our department,” Diaz told KING-TV.
The Associated Press contributed to this report