Some shoppers, commuters tire of disruptions as protesters march downtown

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SEATTLE- Shoppers and commuters who head downtown with any frequency are growing tired of protests blocking streets and clogging drive times, many said Monday.

Protesters again took to the streets and temporarily blocked traffic in downtown during rush hour Monday night. The small group marched to Westlake Center and stood in the middle of the intersection to voice concerns about police brutality across the country.

Seattle Police followed demonstrators who marched several blocks before stopping traffic at 4th and Pine just before 6 p.m. After several minutes, police told them to move back onto the sidewalks or they could be arrested.

“We`re demanding justice for Eric Garner, demanding justice for Tamir Rice, justice for Michael Brown, police murder needs to end. Ferguson is everywhere,” said demonstrator Emma Kaplan.

Kaplan said stopping traffic draws attention to their cause.

But some drivers stuck as the group took over the intersection disagreed. A metro bus driver pushed back against the protesters clogging the streets.

“Watch these protesters block streets and keep the hardworking people from going home," bus driver Wayne Hardy said. "This street is just totally backed up, there is just no reason for this.”

Several dozen protestors later marched on the sidewalks several blocks through downtown.

"It is very righteous when people stand-up and say no more," said Kaplan.

Seattle Police arrested one woman on an obstructing arrest charge stemming from a demonstration Saturday night.

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  • Walter Johnson

    there are better ways to get attention without pissing off the very same people you need on your side to effect police reform. they should be blocking traffic in DC in front of the DOJ who is sitting on the fence here.

  • Jeremy W.

    It’s a shame alright. We should hire some men and women who are armed and give them the authority to protect the citizens of the city. Theoretically these men and women would arrest drug dealers, prostitutes, criminals, etc. They would also maintain control of “peaceful” protesters and keep them out of the way (or disperse them entirely) so decent people (tax payers, business supporters/owners) could eat, shop, work, and live in peace.
    If only we had some of those people in Seattle.

  • Skip

    The demonstrators should go directly to the criminal element in the central district of Seattle and leave the shoppers alone. Harassing the holiday shoppers will not affect the outcome of court cases in other sates. Marches should take place at midnight in Skyway, Renton, MLK JR Way, 23rd and Madison, Burien and White Center. Go to the criminals and meet them face to face.

  • B. Jesus

    Stopping traffic may draw attention to your cause, but you do not have the constitutional right to do that which makes you nothing more than a domestic terrorist.

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