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posted Friday, July 31, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 31
ACLU to federal judge: Rein in SPD
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ACLU to federal judge: Rein in SPD

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The ACLU has petitioned a federal court to declare the City of Seattle in contempt of a prior injunction against excessive use of force against protestors.

In a July 27 filing, ACLU attorneys charged that on July 25, "the Seattle Police Department (SPD) ambushed peaceful protesters with a level of violence that surpasses that seen in early June. Protestors were indiscriminately hit with blast balls, pepper spray, and blunt force objects. Journalists were trampled. Medics were maced for attending to patients. Legal observers were shot at close range. The injuries were extensive. The City's actions - documented in horrific detail in the declarations accompanying this motion - plainly violate the preliminary injunction."

One of the declarations came from SGN reporter Renee Raketty, whose story is told in a separate article.

The ACLU became involved in this case when it filed suit on behalf of six defendants who said their rights were violated by the SPD's excessive violence in the early days of Black Lives Matter demonstrations following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

On June 12, the federal court enjoined the SPD from "employing chemical irritants or projectiles of any kind against persons peacefully engaging in protests or demonstrations" while the suit is pending.

Now, the ACLU says, "The City of Seattle has willfully and brazenly violated the preliminary injunction," by its indiscriminate use of force on July 25.

"The City will argue that its actions were justified because some protesters allegedly committed property crimes and threw things at police officers," the ACLU brief says. "But that would be the same argument the City made before, which the Court rejected in declaring that it is unconstitutional to use force against an entire crowd because of the actions of a few specific protesters who individually pose a threat. The evidence shows many instances of indiscriminate use of the weapons against people who are not suspected of any alleged violence or property crime, without warning and without provocation."

The ACLU goes on to suggest that the SPD was enacting vengeance on protestors it had repeatedly failed to intimidate in the days since the July 12 injunction.

"For many protesters, struggling to understand why the SPD reacted so violently, this felt like vengeance," the ACLU filing says. "The sheer [number] of blast balls and pepper spray used against protesters supports that notion. Simply put, it is always wrong to attack protesters peacefully exercising their constitutional rights with potentially lethal force. It is never justified to attack journalists, medics, [or] legal observers. It is always unconstitutional to fire indiscriminately into a crowd. But that's exactly what the SPD did throughout July 25, 2020, in clear violation of this Court's order."

According to ACLU attorney Lisa Nowlin, the City must file a response by 5:00 p.m. on July 29, and the court will hear arguments on July 31.

The six plaintiffs in the underlying suit against the City of Seattle are:

" Abie Ekenezar, a veteran with disabilities who has attended protests in Seattle every day since Saturday, May 30, and was subjected to chemical irritants twice during the demonstrations. She served in Afghanistan and Somalia and participated in tear gas drills during her military training.

" Sharon Sakamoto, a Japanese-American lawyer who survived internment as a child during World War II and is deeply dedicated to racial justice and civil rights, but who was deterred from the protests in Seattle due to concerns over the negative health effects of tear gas and other chemical agents used by SPD.

" Muraco Kyashna-tochá, a 60-year-old woman who participated in the Seattle protests every day from May 30 through June 6 was subjected to tear gas and flash-bang grenades during the Capitol Hill protest on June 1. She required medical assistance for the injuries that she sustained that evening.

" Alexander Woldeab, a Seattle-based videographer who participated in protests in both Downtown Seattle and the Capitol Hill neighborhood. He was subjected to chemical agents and flash-bang grenades several times over the course of a week.

" Alexandra Chen, a first-year law student at Seattle University, who experienced tear gas and flash-bang grenades twice during protests outside of the SPD headquarters and in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

" Nathalie Graham, a journalist with The Stranger, who was forced to stop reporting on the protests on both May 30 and June 2 because of the deployment of chemical agents by SPD on protestors.

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