Protests against police brutality in Seattle on Wednesday night resulted in 13 arrests and accusations that a Seattle bike cop ran over a man lying in the street.
Protests against police brutality have occurred in Seattle for nearly four months since the killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police in May.
Two protests were held on Wednesday night in the city amidst nationwide demonstrations against a Kentucky grand jury’s decision in the case of Breonna Taylor’s killing by police.
One former police officer was indicted in the case for firing a shot into a neighboring building while no charges were brought against any of his colleagues for their role in Breonna Taylor’s killing.
Crowds of protesters gathered in Seattle’s Westlake Center and Cal Anderson Park, the latter of which served as ground zero for this summer’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone.
At least several hundred demonstrators were seen on social media marching from Westlake Center to the federal courthouse to hold a vigil for Taylor where a moment of silence was held.
SPD officials reported 13 people during protests Wednesday night on charges of resisting arrest, destruction of property, failure to disperse, and assault of at least one officer.
A number of individuals vandalized storefronts and set fires in the street, according to the Seattle Police Department, which reported that SPD officers used pepper spray on gathered protesters.
By Thursday morning, videos posted to social media prompted an investigation by the Office of Police Accountability related to an SPD officer allegedly rolling over the head of an unidentified man with his bicycle during Wednesday night’s protests. The man’s condition is currently unknown.
SPD officials reported they were aware of the alleged incident. The SPD bike officer in question has not been identified by the department. The department placed the officer on administrative leave, it announced on Thursday afternoon.
At least 100 cases of excessive force and bias involving the SPD are being reviewed by the OPA.
Last week, the OPA released its first five findings in which it dismissed a case involving an SPD officer who pepper-sprayed a seven-year-old child and their father.
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