Still reveling in the victory of a well-executed police response, this afternoon the Seattle Police Department released the identities of the eight people arrested during yesterday's tense, anarchy-riddled May Day protests.
Twenty-year-old Jack Tierney was arrested at 4th and Pike for carrying a four-inch hunting knife; 23-year-old Cody R. Ingram was arrested at the federal courthouse on 6th and University for malicious mischief; 23-year-old Robert Dietrani was arrested at 1st and Pike for spitting on an officer; 30-year-old Maria J Morales was arrested at 1st and Pike for punching an officer; Joshua A Garland, arrested at 1st and Pike for grabbing an officer; 29-year-old Charles C Conatzer, arrested for pedestrian interference; 28-year-old Arthur Esparza arrested at 4th and Pine for property damage; and a 23-year-old unidentified male (who has not yet been booked) was arrested at 1st and Pike for throwing a bottle at an officer and investigation of riot.
SPD Chief John Diaz said that six of the suspects resided in the Seattle area while another two hailed from California and Vermont.
"We anticipate some more arrests in the days and weeks to come," Diaz continued, explaining that a team of officers would be reviewing media and business surveillance footage to help round up more suspects.
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Sgt. Gracy, gleefully demonstrating how to poke out eyes.
But as much as anything else, the purpose of today's noon presser at the West Precinct was an opportunity for media to gawk up close at the array of crude instruments confiscated yesterday after Mayor Mike Mcginn declared downtown an emergency zone. The instruments were beautifully demo'd by Sgt. Paul Gracy, who dwelled a lot on the various methods one could poke out an eye. "This flag is sharpened so you can poke somebody in the eye," he explained. "This thicker flag stick I guarantee you will crack a head. We've got chains for whipping around that catch you in the eye or the head—maybe choke you. Household hammer, I’m not sure why we’re carrying this during a protest unless we’re going to do some repairs. [Then there are] helmets, gas masks, they even put screws at the end of poles so they could break windows."
Of course, assholes don't need crude, crappy homemade tools to break a window, as McGinn and his family discovered last night. The mayor was remarkably calm about the attack on his home and family, which occurred last night around 12:30 a.m. "At first I thought it was Midge, our overactive Labrador," McGinn said, "Then I discovered a rock had come through our dining room window. We saw that rocks had also been thrown at our living room windows." McGinn then picked up a rock from the police evidence table in front of his podium. "It looked a lot like this rock," he told the assembled media, chuckling. "And I'm looking at this rock, thinking, 'apparently they didn’t confiscate all these rocks.'”
McGinn's dismissive, cavalier reaction to the vandalism was the perfect response to the unidentified assholes who attacked his home.
Brendan may have the patience to execute the intellectual backflips necessary to explain and justify the anarchist movement; most people, myself included, do not. People who throw rocks at houses and courthouses and Niketowns aren't thought-provoking radicals; they're raging cowards.
Because in the end, what the fuck does a rock say? Nothing. Rocks don't make points or change policy. A rock thrown at McGinn's house could mean, "McGinn, I disagree with how you let SPD police our citizens" just as easily as it could mean, "I'm a shill for the powerful window-glass industry! Broken windows are our bread and butter™!"
But lacking any sort of explanation, in this context what a rock implies is, "I'm mad at you, McGinn, for ruining my game of Lord of the Flies in downtown Seattle. Sleep tight!"
The rock throwers are fucking idiots, and the best way to take away what little power they have is to arrest them or laugh at them, as McGinn did today, and then get back to the business of ignoring them.