Group of protesters block streets again in downtown Seattle
SEATTLE — The crowd was much smaller today; only about 50 or so protesters but they were determined to get their message across and still managed to disrupt traffic downtown, blocking several intersections along the march.
Most say they had a renewed sense of urgency with the Grand Jury in New York decided not to charge an officer there.
Protesters say it shows it is happening all over and all Americans should take a stand.
“It goes on and on and on and why is it every time, every time the system let’s these cops walk free, every time so we’re saying no more. It’s got to end and anybody with an ounce of humanity should join us,” protest organizer Emma Kaplan said.
There was speculation early today that police would change their tactics today to try to keep protesters from blocking traffic.
The group was clearly outnumbered by police, twice or three times as many police on bikes, on foot and in cars and vans.
Fortunately there was no violence and no confrontation… police let them roam but gently guided the protesters the way they wanted them to go.
Police wouldn’t comment about specifics but said they are always making changes.
"Every time we have a demonstration or major event we're always writing after action reports, so we're always working to assess and also reassess our tactics and efforts and trying to find the best way to deploy officers from an efficiency and an efficacy standpoint,” SPD Detective Drew Fowler said.
After the march there was some talk about yet another protest Thursday, although there are no details. Some officers also tell me they heard some talk in the crowd about protesting on Saturday.
We'll have to wait and see and hope it stays as peaceful as it did Wednesday night.