Demonstration downtown, six arrested

This information is preliminary and subject to change:

On November 15th at approximately 3:45 p.m. a march commenced from the Seattle Central Community College campus to Belltown.  The demonstrators began marching northbound in the street in the 2300 block of 3rd Avenue blocking traffic.  Officers gave numerous verbal warnings to get out of the street and back onto the sidewalk. 

At one point a 17-year-old female suspect swung a stick at an officer but failed to strike him.  As officers moved in to arrest the female suspect the officers were hindered in their efforts.  Officers deployed pepper spray to move subjects away from them so they could affect the arrest of the female suspect.  She was taken into custody and will be booked into the Youth Service Center for Assault on an Officer. 

An adult male suspect assaulted an officer near 3rd Avenue and Wall Street.  He was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for Assault on an Officer.

A juvenile male suspect who was carrying a stick with a flag on it was obstructing traffic near 5th Avenue and Wall Street.  He was arrested for Pedestrian Interference.  He was processed at the West Precinct and released to an adult family member. 

Demonstrators marched to 5th Avenue and Pine Street and subsequently blocked the intersection.  Officers ordered the demonstrators to vacate the intersection (the oral warning was broadcast over a police public address system).  Two adult suspects who refused to comply, one female and one male, were arrested and booked into the King County Jail for Failure to Disperse and Pedestrian Interference. 

Another adult male suspect threw an unknown liquid into an officer’s face.  He was arrested and booked into the King County Jail for Failure to Disperse and Assault on an Officer.  The officer was not injured.

Pepper spray was deployed only against subjects who were either refusing a lawful order to disperse or engaging in assaultive behavior toward officers.