Downtown Seattle looks like a ‘war zone’ after riot

Mayor Durkan issued a 5 p.m. curfew in response to the protests for 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday. An emergency alert was sent out from the city of Seattle asking all residents to disperse from downtown in accordance with the 5 p.m. curfew. Residents were asked to shelter in place. No weapons are allowed in city streets, including rocks, sticks, pipes, and clubs.

“Today, many across Seattle came together to grieve, to protest, and to commit themselves to the cause of justice,” Mayor Durkan said in a Saturday evening news conference. “They did so peacefully, for noble values, using a cherished American right … unfortunately, in the late afternoon, demonstrations downtown by others quickly turned violent and destructive.”

Durkan issued three emergency orders:

  • A proclamation of civil emergency in Seattle
  • An order prohibiting the use of weapons
  • An order establishing a 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew Saturday and Sunday

mynorthwest Downtown Seattle looks like a ‘war zone’ after riot