May 2, 4:20 PM click here to comment > 17
Updating the public on May 1st events
Today Mayor Mike McGinn and Seattle Police Chief John Diaz gave an overview of the events on May 1st and shared information about weapons that were confiscated from protesters. At 10:25 am today, Mayor McGinn issued the order to terminate his May 1st order authorizing police to confiscate weapons.
Following Mayor McGinn’s emergency order yesterday, officers seized about 70 items which could be used as weapons, including sharpened tape-wrapped wooden stakes, metal poles, screw-topped wooden staffs, a shield made from a plastic traffic barrier, a corrugated metal portable barrier with sharp, jagged edges, homemade incendiary devices, bags of feces, rocks, paint, hammers, and tire irons.
“Yesterday we saw what can happen when a small group of people are determined to cause violence and destruction of property under cover of peaceful protest” said Mayor Mike McGinn. “It is unfortunate that the actions of a few individuals overshadowed the message of those demonstrating peacefully.”
Photos of confiscated items and other supporting documents can be found at seattle.gov/media.
Posted by: Words: April Thomas, Pictures: Jen Nance