Shortly after Media outlets called the Presidential Race, East Precinct officers observed a large group of people gathered in the middle of the street at Broadway & E. Pike St. Officers soon discovered that the gathering was a spontaneous celebration of the election results.
This group began to march westbound on Pike St. towards downtown with the crowd increasing in size as it entered the West Precinct. As the crowd reached 1st. & Pike St. they stopped and spent most their time there. The crowd was festive and not involved in any criminal activity. The crowd continued to celebrate in the street and eventually left the downtown area and returned to Capital Hill, gathering at E. Pike and Broadway. Officers continued to monitor the crowd, which eventually broke up at 2:30 AM.
In spite of it’s size, the crowd was mostly peaceful. The people involved seemed to be celebrating. In all, officers did a great job of interacting with the participants and representing the department. Many of the revelers approached individual officers to express their appreciation of the officers on the scene for their assistance.