SEATTLE (AP) — A Seattle City Council briefing was disrupted by people holding signs and shouting about police behavior during protests over recent grand jury decisions not to indict police officers who killed black men in Missouri and New York.
The Monday morning briefing was briefly suspended after people confronted councilmembers who were discussing another matter. Council President Tim Burgess had asked audience members to remain quiet while other issues were addressed.
When the meeting resumed, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole spoke about the department’s response to the demonstrations. O’Toole said the ultimate goal was public safety, but protesters had complained that officers used their bikes as weapons during some gatherings.
In recent weeks hundreds of people marched have marched downtown to protest the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York.