Seattle Police Arrest 16 People During Civil Unrest in City

Sputnik International

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Seattle police have announced arresting 16 people during the civil unrest, classified as a riot.

“Update: 16 arrests for assault on officers, obstruction and failure to disperse”, the police tweeted.

“Due to the ongoing damage and public safety risks associated with this incident, SPD is declaring it a riot … Just in: arrest count is now 11. More details as they become available”, the city police said in a earlier tweet.

Previously, officers from the Special Response Team of the US Customs and Border Protection were deployed to Seattle, under orders from US President Donald Trump’s administration.

​Seattle is remembered for protesters setting up a Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone for over two weeks, occupying several blocks and proclaiming them a ‘police-free’ zone. The area was cleared after several deadly shootings.

The protests across the US have taken place following the death in police custody of Minnesota citizen George Floyd in May.

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