Several Seattle police vehicles were set ablaze as riots rage Saturday in the city’s downtown area over the death of George Floyd, who died after a now-fired and charged Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee onto his neck while in custody.
Q13 News reporters captured footage of police cruisers on fire starting at around 4:00 p.m. local time near Westlake Center.
— Eric Jensen (@EricJensenTV) May 30, 2020
Chaos in Seattle…pic.twitter.com/aVuf94LRvm
— Keegan Hamilton (@keegan_hamilton) May 31, 2020
Seattle police say officers and people have been injured in this protest. There have been several arrests. Several police cars have also been set on fire. #Q13FOX #seattleprotest pic.twitter.com/m5AXaQB8fY
— AJ Janavel (@ajjanavelnews) May 31, 2020
The Seattle Fire Department said in a social media post that firefighters are waiting to extinguish the flames when the area is safe to enter.
Multiple Seattle PD vehicles now burning on Pine St. – please avoid the area. Firefighters will respond in when safe.
— Seattle Fire Dept. (@SeattleFire) May 30, 2020
The burning of police vehicles comes as officers have deployed flash bangs and pepper-sprayed rioters appeared to have attempted to breach police lines, according to Q13 News.
In a statement, police spokeswoman, Sgt. Lauren Truscott, said multiple protesters were arrested, though an exact figures is unknown at this time.
More details to follow.