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posted Friday, July 31, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 31
SPD out of control: one reporter's story
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SPD out of control: one reporter's story

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

SGN reporter Renee Raketty was just doing her job last Saturday, July 25, photographing the Black Lives Matter march on Capitol Hill.

She came away with photos and videos all right, but also with ringing ears and a sprained knee - the result of encounters with Seattle police.

Raketty, who describes herself as "politically moderate," also went home with a new outlook on Seattle police. "[T]his interaction has entirely destroyed my trust in the police and their role in society," she said in a court declaration in support of an ACLU filing against the City of Seattle.

The ACLU has filed a petition asking a federal court to find the Seattle Police Department (SPD) in contempt of an earlier injunction against indiscriminate use of chemical weapons and explosives for crowd control. Raketty's declaration offers support for the ACLU's position.

Crosscut writer Dae Shik Kim described the SPD as "out of control" in his livestream of the events, and some reporters on scene said the SPD seemed to be deliberately targeting journalists.

According to Raketty, she did everything possible to show that she was a working journalist and a noncombatant.

"I was wearing my press badge on a lanyard around my neck at all times," she wrote, and "I introduced myself as a member of the press to some of the police and to a SWAT team member in an armored vehicle."

In spite of her efforts to identify herself to police and stay clear of combat, Raketty soon found herself in the path of an SPD offensive.

"At one point, a blast ball went off near me and caused me to cough and my ears to ring," Raketty recalled. "I also assisted a woman who was having an asthma attack as a result of all of the chemicals."

Once police pushed protestors away from the East Precinct, Raketty sat down on a fire escape behind the Richmark building, just across from the precinct. While she was resting there, "the police started pushing the protestors down 11th Avenue again, using explosives of some kind.

"The police line went past me as the police pushed the protestors further down 11th Avenue. An armored police vehicle followed the police line, and bicycle officers followed the armored vehicle.

"I was still sitting on the fire escape taking pictures and wearing my press lanyard. I was the only person on the fire escape and in my immediate vicinity. I was not protesting, shouting, or otherwise engaging with the police," she added.

As she sat there, behind police lines and identified as a journalist by her press pass, an officer casually approached her, and tossed a blast ball at her. This is documented by video available on Raketty's Facebook page.

"I saw what it was he had thrown and heard the munition land on the ground," she said. "I braced myself for the explosion, much like you would do right before a car crash. The video ends in this moment. I did not mean to stop it, but must have stopped it as my body tensed for the explosion.

"Though it may sound clichéd, I felt like my life flashed before my eyes in that moment.

"I don't recall seeing the blast, but I remember coming out of it really disoriented, choking, and with ringing in my ears. I twisted my knee while trying to protect myself and was shocked and stunned.

"After the blast and once I was able to stop coughing uncontrollably, I was too scared to come down off the fire escape. The police were still there, and whereas with my press pass I had felt safe behind the police line before taking pictures, I no longer did. I did not know what to do, so I stayed on the fire escape.

"The attack by the police officer was premeditated and unprovoked. He even waited for the legal observers in the parking lot to look away before tossing it at me."

Raketty told the SGN that she remains "shaken" by the events.

"The doctor said my knee is probably sprained and will likely heal," she explained. "Likewise, my hearing should return to normal soon. I will go in again on Thursday for more testing&

"I really can't wrap my mind around what happened," she added. "I alternate between anger and confusion. If I hadn't captured it on video, I wouldn't believe it myself."

Although two journalists are plaintiffs in the ACLU suit against the City, Raketty is not. Asked if she would file suit against the SPD, she replied that she had spoken to attorneys, but "I am just seeking to take the next appropriate step, one at time, to hold this officer accountable."

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