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Monday, January 21, 2013

SPD Braces for Standoff with MLK Day Marchers

Posted by on Mon, Jan 21, 2013 at 1:44 PM

The Seattle Police Department's east precinct headquarters are buffered with barricades halfway into the street to protect themselves from the menace of today's Martin Luther King Jr Day parade. Because if there's one thing the cops need protection from, it's people celebrating the life of a pacifist. Fortunately, the marchers—with an oversize Constitution, an undersized earth, and a marching band blowing out "We Shall Overcome"—proceeded along their parade route without incident:


They look scary.


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Somebody call a grand jury!
Posted by Hanoumatoi on January 21, 2013 at 2:21 PM · Report this
Got any photos? Is it the same barricade they use to keep cars from pulling out from cross-streets?
Posted by doceb on January 21, 2013 at 2:31 PM · Report this
Yes, because no MLK parade could ever even potentially merit police caution:…
Posted by Billy Chav on January 21, 2013 at 3:05 PM · Report this
Ziggity 4
@3: Thanks for the news update from New Orleans. It means fuck-all to anyone who lives in Seattle (except for SPD, right?!), but it's helpful to know that you're a big ol' bag o' douche.
Posted by Ziggity on January 21, 2013 at 3:16 PM · Report this
@4, that's right, because in New Orleans, the people weren't "celebrating the life of a pacifist." It was some other MLK they were celebrating, probably some violent gangster from the Ninth Ward, who knows. Not "a pacifist" anyway.
Posted by Billy Chav on January 21, 2013 at 3:34 PM · Report this
@3. Did you read the article? The shooting occurred after the parade and there is no indication there was a connection. The article was about the irony of violence after an event celebrating a pacifist. Jesus.
Posted by MikeB on January 21, 2013 at 3:36 PM · Report this
Of course there was a connection. Are you being willfully obtuse? Just because the parade sponsors didn't plan the violence as part of the festivities, the implication -- and the entire point-- of the article is that the close contiguity of the shooting in both time and distance from the parade implies a connection. Anybody without some weird axe to grind could see that.
Posted by Billy Chav on January 21, 2013 at 5:59 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 8
@7 - Can you quote the part of the article that you feel implies this connection? I mean, if the connection was truly the "entire point" of the story, it must be implied pretty strongly in there.

I see the fact that this did not occur during the parade, but after it was over.

I see the interview with Ashley Steve, who says:
"It's always something like that going on."
"Can't even just hang out and talk to your friends, you know, and sit down and have fun without something like that going on around here."
This implies to me that this is a constant problem in the neighborhood.

And then there's this:
"I just think that's so sad for them to be doing that, shooting and killing on Martin Luther King Day,"
which sounds to me like a lament that these gangbangers can't take a break from their normal activities even on MLK day.

But please, quote the part of the article that implies that the MLK parade led to this event, or that this event would not have occurred had there not been a parade celebrating MLK.
Posted by Free Lunch on January 21, 2013 at 6:52 PM · Report this
Just Blue 9
@7, officials state that the shooting didn't appear to be related to the parade:

Maybe the officials just have an axe to grind. Did you notice that the teens were standing outside a grocery store? Clearly this is also related to the quinoa controversy.
Posted by Just Blue on January 21, 2013 at 6:56 PM · Report this
chav? Council Housed And Violent chav? just asking, you bag of fuck.
Posted by juan gabriel on January 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM · Report this
I love how civil liberals always remain in disagreements.
Posted by Billy Chav on January 22, 2013 at 9:15 PM · Report this

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