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22 Individuals Arrested During Labor Day Demonstration

Update 12/9/2021

Today, SPD, the ATF, and FBI arrested a 34-year-old Renton man who brought 12 Molotov cocktails to SPD union offices on Labor Day 2020. More details available following federal court appearance tomorrow.

Original: 09/07/2020

Twenty-two individuals were arrested after a large group marched from the International District down to the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild (SPOG) building on 4th Avenue South. The arrests were for arson, assault, obstructing and failure to disperse.

Officers recovered intact Molotov cocktails dropped by rioters outside the building as officers began making arrests. Officers arrested a number of individuals on 4th Avenue South as they continued to receive rocks, bottles, and explosives thrown at them by rioters.

Package of Molotov Cocktails Left Behind by a Protester

The crowd moved north on 4th Avenue as officers followed. A Molotov cocktail was thrown by someone in the crowd at officers, which exploded on the road. Fortunately there were no injuries as a result.

Assault on Officer
Molotov Cocktail Thrown at Officers

Officers followed the large group as they eventually headed east and then south toward Judkins Park. Most of the group broke up at the point.

An additional five individuals were arrested later in the night at 14th Avenue South and Rainier Avenue South as officers were attempting to impound a vehicle.