Monday was a rare sunny day of peaceful protest in Seattle. But later in the night, police officers started tear gassing protestors at a barricade following a tug-of-war over one protestor’s umbrella. Like so many other cities across the nation, protestors’ cellphone videos uploaded to social media served as a record of police escalation, despite conflicting reports from the Seattle Police Department’s official statements.
The city has been protesting for days over the death of George Floyd, an African American man who killed when a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes. The police department and mayor’s office appear to be ratcheting down their response each day, as a response to outrage from protestors and residents.
A protestor came out with a powered wheelchair to watch the march in Westlake. Photo by Madeline Gunderson
Elderly man looks out at younger protestors passing by. Photo by Madeline Gunderson
Young man looks out at the sea of protestors beneath him. Photo by Madeline Gunderson
A protester displays his sign in Westlake, downtown Seattle. Photo by Madeline Gunderson
A protestor passes out surgical masks to others attending the march. Photo by Madeline Gunderson
A Seattle police officer wearing a “Blue Lives Matter” patch. Photo by Madeline Gunderson
Seattle Police Officer covers his “Blue Lives Matter” patch from the camera’s view. Photo by Madeline Gunderson
Protestor stands on the hood of a Seattle Police car at the end of her dance routine. Photo by Madeline Gunderson
Police officers topple the protestor from her perch. Photo by Madeline Gunderson
Reflection of protestors in the Seattle Public Library building. Photo by Madeline Gunderson