SEATTLE, WA.- -Seattle Center and South Lake Union- A Police officer suffered a serious leg injury responding to protesters who were roaming Seattle streets Monday afternoon.
Officials said the officer may have suffered a broken leg and that it was related to the protests, but didn’t give further details.
Activists chanting “black lives matter” jumped into traffic and eight of them tied themselves together with PVC pipe and laid down on the highway.
Officers gave the protesters warnings that they were going to face arrest, then began arresting them.
At least six were arrested.
FROM KOMO TV: SEATTLE — A Seattle police officer suffered a serious leg injury responding to protestors who were roaming Seattle streets near Seattle Center and South Lake Union Monday afternoon.
Patrick Michaud with Seattle police said the officer may have suffered a broken leg and that it was related to the protests, but didn’t give further details.
The incident began on Aurora Avenue just after 2:30 p.m. as protesters, chanting “black lives matter” jumped into traffic in the northbound lanes of Aurora Ave. N. just north of the Battery Street Tunnel. Eight of them tied themselves together with PVC pipe and laid down on the highway.
Officers gave the protestors warnings that they were going to face arrest, then began arresting them. Police say 19 protestors were taken into custody by the time the march ended.
Other protesters in that group then moved down Republican Avenue, and it was during that event that Seattle police say that there was a “use of force” incident that resulted in the officer injuring his leg.
The protestors went on, zig-zagging through streets around South Lake Union area blocking traffic on Mercer Street, running through cars, jumping around people and causing several disruptions. At one point, protestors split up as police tried to corral them into one place.
Another group then returned to briefly block the northbound lanes of Aurora Ave. North again. Video from Air 4 showed additional people being detained.
Police moved to clear protesters from the roadways, and by about 4:30 p.m. both State Route 99 and the interstate off ramps were opened to traffic.
Organizers said they were engaging in “civil disobedience” to protest police violence.
“People are putting their lives on the line to make a statement that black lives do matter,” said Monica Avery. “And there is a national call from Ferguson action and other black-led groups to start moving our lives and putting our bodies on the line to move the movement against police brutality.”
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