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Monday, April 29, 2013

Seattle Police: May Day Is Not The Apocalypse

Posted by on Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Are you bracing for mayhem during the upcoming May Day protests?

The press certainly seems to be. At Seattle police headquarters this afternoon, Captain Chris Fowler answered questions from the media about May Day—historically a day of protest by labor organizers, anarchists, and more recently, immigrants—which is this Wednesday.

Questions included:

Seems like last year there was an effort to not line the streets with officers, to not do a show of force... Has that changed? Will we see officers lining the streets?

So what's the line? When do you move in? When do you use force?

Why don't you just say, permitted marches only. Anyone starts to block the street, you're done. Throw down the gauntlet right now and say you're not going to tolerate this. Is there any discussion about that, about not being as tolerant as we've been in the past?

Are you ready?

I felt like I was watching a scene from an action movie.

Fowler refused to give into the hype. He said SPD is taking a "wait and see" approach to allow everyone to peaceably exercise their free speech rights. SPD will facilitate unpermitted marches as long as they're not harming anyone, he said, and officers will "only use force when it's necessary to effect an arrest."

He seemed mildly concerned with property damage. Asked what he anticipates, Fowler referred ominously to the "use of devices to cause damage" during last year's smashup.

Sergeant Sean Whitcomb, SPD's top media guy, told me he doesn't expect major disruptions on the scale of last year's. He said police expected "orchestrated violence" based on "open source" public information in 2012. "Those signs haven't been present this year," he said.

Rioters could be "organizing in fashion that's more sophisticated and under the radar," Whitcomb continued. "Or, maybe just nothing's going to happen. Which is actually typical, for what we see. There's years of nothing, and then, something extraordinary."

There was a hint of the us-versus-them mentality in his final comment, though: "I personally think they're just biding their time."


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treacle 1
RE: "us vs. them mentality".
I'm not surprised the cops would have an us-vs.-them mentality. There was is a very clear anti-cop campaign going on... ACAB/"all cops are bastards" graffiti? Flaming torch march in front of a precinct building?
Distinctly an us-vs.-them mentality.
Posted by treacle on April 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 2
Am I?

I don't know, anyone up here from Portland?

Those are the jerks you should be worried about.
Posted by Will in Seattle on April 29, 2013 at 4:49 PM · Report this
Why is it when radicals rampage it is almost always middle class people who get hurt?

From the Weathermen to the Boston Bombers, the victims are accountants, baristas and shop clerks.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on April 29, 2013 at 6:31 PM · Report this
Real Crimes and Real Criminals

(And why the national non-media, and The Stranger, refuse to report on them!)

Local: The major, unreported story (by The Stranger, that is) concerns the Seattle city government funds used to pay the salary of the head of the SPD police union --- clearly graft and racketeering, falling under the subject title of "Total Corruption"!

In the past The Stranger has criticized the legal action ploys by the police union, which are financed from the police union fund, derived from union dues --- which have been strenuously increased when those funds don't go to pay the salary of their police union CEO as they most decidedly, and legally, should!

This is an obvious payoff/bribe to the police union for their support: $125,000 per year salary to the police union head since 2008 (amounting to over one-half million dollars in salary --- which can support quite a few legal actions since it wasn't derived from their union funds, but from taxpayer funds, i.e., OPM or Other People's Money, goes to finance those legal actions by the SPD police union against the welfare of the citizenry).

Why isn't The Stranger pursuing this example of abject corruption?

National (and local): The big story isn't May Day nor the May Day March, but the super-criminals they are protesting --- as we all should!

The Stranger should be focusing on that unanimous voice vote in the US Senate back in 2010, granting full legal exemption to the millions of crimes committed by the banksters and their involvement in the largest insurance swindles in human history, later vetoed by President Obama --- who would very quietly grant the very same thing to the banksters --- full legal exemption for their millions of crimes. (Just as he recently granted full legal exemption for Monsanto and their GMOs!)

Brendan Kiley as written about individuals who were incarcerated for no crimes, yet The Stranger hasn't reported on those criminals who have never served time: did anyone at WaMu --- now part of JP Morgan Chase --- go to jail for firing their honest underwriter, Keysha Cooper, who refused to write up fraudulent loans?

Of course not!

Did anyone at WaMu go to prison for keeping that black list against hiring honest real estate assessors, but instead only employed --- or contracted out to --- dishonest and crooked assessors?

Of course not!

And who will underwrite those bonds the city will bear responsibility for the new stadium in Seattle (and probably Sacramento as well)? Normally, as in the past, it will be JP Morgan Chase.

It always ends well for the super-criminals, now don't it?

Breaking news, latest Obama criminal immunity grants:…
Posted by sgt_doom on April 30, 2013 at 10:34 AM · Report this

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