SEATTLE – Police used “flash bangs” and pepper spray against some protesters who pelted them with rocks and bottles late Wednesday, as violence erupted during May Day in Seattle.
Several dozen protesters, many using bandanas to cover their faces, began clashing with police in downtown Seattle hours after a peaceful immigrant-rights march ended.
Protesters threw rocks and bottles at police officers and news crews. As they moved through downtown Seattle to another neighborhood, they flung construction street barriers, trash cans and newspaper bins on the streets in an attempt to stop police officers. Windows of businesses were broken and vehicles with people in them were banged around.
Police used their bikes to shield businesses and eventually began to use pepper spray and “flash bang” grenades – releasing a flash of light, smoke and a loud noise – to disperse the crowd.
In the aftermath, 11 adults and two juveniles were arrested for property damage, Seattle police said on Twitter.