19 arrested, 1 officer injured in protests that disrupted Seattle traffic

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SEATTLE --Nineteen people have been arrested and a Seattle police officer suffered an ankle injury as protesters chanting "black lives matter" disrupted traffic in Seattle, blocking part of a state highway and interstate off ramps.

Protesters temporarily blocked traffic Monday afternoon in the northbound lanes of Aurora Avenue North and also on the Mercer Street on-ramp and off-ramps from I-5.

Police were first called to Highway 99 just north of the Battery Street Tunnel around 2:30 p.m.

Officers with bikes moved to clear protesters from the roadways, and by about 4:30 p.m. both State Route 99 and the interstate off ramps were opened to traffic.

Organizers said they were engaging in "civil disobedience" to protest police violence.

The Seattle Police Department later issued this statement:

"A group of protesters blocked traffic on Highway 99 around 2:30 p.m. today before moving on to block traffic at the Mercer Street/Interstate 5 exit.

Officers moved in quickly and made arrests but not before the incident caused heavy delays in the area. At least one protester assaulted an officer, causing injuries that required emergency treatment at Harborview Medical Center.

Nineteen protesters have been arrested. The officer has been discharged from the hospital."

The protesters were reportedly locking arms using the long PVC pipe to hold themselves together.

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  • kfc

    I so sick of hearing and seeing these protests why do they have to disrupt normal people’s lives go protest at the police department or the state capitol building and get the hell out of my way

  • PBNJ

    How ordinary. Can’t these people come up with something more mature and effective? Blocking traffic only pisses people off and diminishes support for your cause.

  • Sparkles

    Some message from those who are protesting..you put a vulgar finger jester behind a newcaster! What was your message behind that?? You should be thrown in jail for wasting everyones time…shame on you.

  • Stan

    Personally I like all the protesting, because its boring and pointless and thinking about it helps my insomnia and puts me to sleep at night …….yyaaaawn

  • Brent

    What it must be like living in the world of a brainwashed Seattle liberal. These people are brain dead and have no clue what they are protesting. These people vote democrats in office over and over again.

  • VoiceOfReason

    Don’t these losers have jobs or school to go to? I personally don’t know anyone that doesn’t already believe black lives matter so they’re wasting their energy. I also don’t know anyone that believes if you commit crimes and then fight with the police you deserve what you get. Send a few semi’s through the tunnel and end this. We can even get black drivers for the trucks and the protestors will be happy.

  • Kit

    It has been pointed out numerous times, the protesters need to take their message to the central district and the south end because the criminals don’t care about black lives. Why is there so much crime in the southend of Seattle? Black on black murder and thuggery is a constant threat in the central area–do something about that.

  • Furrystoat (@Furrystoat)

    The only thing these ‘protests’ that involve blocking traffic will do is piss people off, turn them away from the ’cause’ the protesters are supposedly trying to push and very likely start a street brawl. Leftists, be warned:
    “If the Left wants a street fight, bring it on. We (mainstream Americans) have the men and we have the guns”
    ~Ann Coulter

  • Kit

    Maybe they should protest in the Columbia City neighborhood and tell the hoods to be peaceful. Don’t shoot-up the community you morons.

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