Tuesday, May 1, 2012

It's May Day, and Mayor McGinn Remains Concerned About Violence

Posted by on Tue, May 1, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Mayor McGinn: Concerned.
  • Mayor McGinn: Concerned.
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn says he still sees reason to worry about today's May Day demonstrations.

“I’m concerned," McGinn told me yesterday. "I can’t predict what’s going to happen. But from what we saw down at the port last year, there was a subset of people who were throwing bricks, throwing rebar, throwing paint balloons… I’m hopeful that May Day goes without incident. I really am. It’s a challenging situation."

He said police believe some protesters may be preparing to use flag poles, shields, screws, and other materials against officers and their horses.

“What we know from web sites and elsewhere is that people are receiving training in how to use [those things] as weapons," McGinn told me. "There’s just been enough out there where people are encouraging others to engage in some disruptive or violent activity, that we’re concerned. What level is it? It’s very, very hard to predict.”

But McGinn did predict that if there's violence, it will be instigated by a minority of protesters.

“There’s a small number of people who will use the cover of crowds to try to provoke a larger incident," he said. "I would just ask people out there to be aware, and to be understanding of why the police are there, and remember that the police are there to try to protect everyone’s public safety as well as make sure that people have the right to express themselves.”


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trstr 1
Paint balloons? Oh my god. Bring the cavalry.

(Oh, that's right. They did.)

True to form, McGinn doesn't mention the violence perpetrated by the SPD at the Port.They shoved their bikes into protesters and threw punches hours before any of those dangerous alleged paint balloons went in the air.

McGinn (nor the Stranger, for that matter) ever mentioned the fact that the SPD closed off the outgoing traffic from Terminal 18. While no one was being allowed in, the folks involved in the port shutdown kept both outbound lanes free so that workers could go home. The SPD - twice! - shut down the outgoing lanes in what I can only assume was an attempt to get the port workers pissed off and assuming that the protesters weren't letting them out. They didn't count on people on bikes letting the workers being help up know what was going on. They also didn't count on the port workers and the protesters allying together to break the SPD barricade.

Does McGinn mention this? No.

This is a garbage attempt to foster division. Everyone sees it for what it is.
Posted by trstr on May 1, 2012 at 6:27 AM · Report this
watchout5 2
"the police are there to try to protect everyone’s public safety as well as make sure that people have the right to express themselves.”

I've lived in this town long enough to know that's a bunch of bullshit. They haven't learned a thing since wto save for how to distract the media better. Anyone you see causing violence is an agent of the state discrediting a peaceful movement for malicious purposes, the state will use these people to take away the freedoms of citizens because the state is afraid of the message. Their planting of agents to discredit us means we're winning. Also, it means today is going to hurt.
Posted by watchout5 http://www.overclockeddrama.com on May 1, 2012 at 6:33 AM · Report this
Woo-hoo! It's beat-a-hippie day. Pepper spray the protester of your choice.

"Accidentally" spill a steaming hot cup of Starbucks on a communist. It'll almost be like a shower. Their fellow travelers might even thank you for reducing the stink.

Trip a community organizer, a sprained wrist throws no rocks.

Pull the long grey ponytail of the douchebag with the misspelled sign. If he drops the sign, score double. If he claims to be a teacher, score triple.

Claim to recognize one of the new black panthers from the "club", if you can pull it off, insinuate you're gay and he was wonderful. The denials, during the beating from his chums, will be music to your ears.

Go all Perez Hilton on Dan "Bitter Bully Boy" Savage's ass. 'Cause when you've lost Perez, your credibility is gone.
Posted by delbert on May 1, 2012 at 6:36 AM · Report this
First of May, First of May,
Outdoor fucking starts today,
So grab your favorite lady,
Or at least your favorite lay

-Jonathan Coulton "First of May"
Posted by Tawnos on May 1, 2012 at 6:40 AM · Report this
The mayor is normalizing violence perpetrated by SPD. That's all this means. The shit storm at the port was escalated by SPD and if there is violence today, it'll be the SPD that ramps it up to a ridiculous scale.

Occupy should read the Mayor the Riot Act for giving SPD a free pass to get violent early.
Posted by Agrippa on May 1, 2012 at 7:26 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 6
Does this mean that someone actually learned something from the WTO riot? Like, be prepared for drugged-up violent psychos who broadcast their intentions to fuck up your city?
Such people do exist: ignore them at your own peril.
Posted by Sir Vic on May 1, 2012 at 7:36 AM · Report this
I'm a McGinn fan, but I fear he's giving SPD an excuse to prematurely crack down on the 1st Amendment rights of peaceful protestors. SPD cannot be trusted with this power.
Posted by DOUG. http://www.dougsvotersguide.com on May 1, 2012 at 7:59 AM · Report this
trstr 8
Sir Vic, no one's ignoring the steroid-fueled SPD.
Posted by trstr on May 1, 2012 at 7:59 AM · Report this

I think SPD worries that Occupy will be so fizzled today that they won't be able to earn all the overtime pay they did last year...and the payments on the new boat are due!!
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM · Report this
Sir Vic 10
@8 Or ignoring the cowards smashing windows, as predicted. Cops aren't the only violent morons out there.
Posted by Sir Vic on May 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM · Report this

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