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At least 45 arrested in Seattle protests that police declared a riot – CNN

(CNN)Seattle police declared a riot on Saturday night and arrested at least 45 people in demonstrations against police violence and the presence of federal law enforcement in cities like Portland, Oregon.

Seattle police said protesters threw large rocks, bottles, fireworks and other explosives at officers during demonstrations. Others set fire to a portable trailer and a construction site, police said in a series of tweets.
At least 45 people were arrested on charges of assaulting officers, obstruction and failure to disperse, police said.
Twenty-one officers have been injured from having projectiles thrown at them, according to police. Most officers were able to return to duty, the department’s Twitter said. One officer was hospitalized with a leg injury caused by an explosive.
The protests were held in solidarity with demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, where federal law enforcement officers and protesters have violently clashed in a small area near the federal courthouse. In Portland, local and state officials have said the federal officers, who wear camouflage fatigues and have used tear gas to disperse crowds, are exacerbating the protests.
Seattle has been the scene of protests over police brutality and systemic racism, including in a six-block area controlled by protesters after police abandoned their precinct — the Capitol Hill Organized Protest or Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.
The zone known as the CHOP was started by demonstrators calling for justice in the death of George Floyd. But the demonstration devolved over time, and after a series of shootings, police cleared the zone on July 1. As CNN wrote at the time, CHOP’s failure was a case study in human nature, violence, mental illness, homelessness, and the difficulty in imagining a world without police.
On July 4, a 24-year-old protester was killed during a demonstration when a man drove his vehicle into a group of protesters.

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Seattle Kraken to take the ice in 2021-22 NHL season – ESPN

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The Kraken has been released.

Seattle’s NHL team, which will make its debut in the 2021-22 season, on Thursday finally announced its name — the Kraken — as well as a color scheme: icy blue and navy blue with sharp red accents.

The NHL officially named Seattle as its 32nd team in 2018 for a $650 million expansion fee.

— Seattle Kraken (@NHLSeattle_) July 23, 2020

“It’s a very unique and unusual name in sports, because almost all sport franchises end with an ‘S,'” Andy Jassy, a part-owner of the team, told ESPN. “There are a lot of obvious connections to Seattle — part because of our maritime history; part of because we have so much water around us — but there is longtime folklore in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest of this mystical Kraken creature that lives just below the surface of the sea, which really captivated people for many years.

“That mystique, that intensity, and that power that people have long talked about with the Kraken is what we expect our NHL team to play with.”

Jassy said the team looked at more than 1,200 names and did a “real exploration” on more than 100. The franchise settled on five finalists, which were sealed into an envelope and put in a time capsule in Seattle’s Space Needle — along with Nirvana records, a Twinkie and one share of Amazon — that will be revealed in 2062, on the Needle’s 100th anniversary.

Kraken president Tod Leiweke has been focused on serving the community first, so the team launched an interactive portal in May 2019 for fans to offer suggestions. Team leaders also held informal focus groups and monitored social media to see “how often potential names were mentioned, what was the sentiment, the reactions,” Heidi Dettmer, Kraken vice president of marketing, told ESPN.

According to Dettmer, Kraken — and specifically the slogan, “Release the Kraken” — kept surfacing.

“Throughout this whole process, it’s been a rallying cry for fans,” Dettmer said. “We heard it everywhere. It’s what kept coming up over and over again.”

letting our freak flag fly pic.twitter.com/fxKifbY1Zs

— Seattle Kraken (@NHLSeattle_) July 23, 2020

The logo features an “S” as the primary mark — an homage to the original Seattle Metropolitans uniforms. The Metropolitans, the city’s original pro hockey team from the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, became the first American team to win the Stanley Cup in 1917. The Kraken’s twisting blue “S” also invokes its mythical sea creature namesake.

“While you’re seeing the ‘S,’ and thinking about the Metropolitans, thinking about the colors, that negative space tentacle is hiding there, wrapping around your ankles, ready to pull you down,” says Matty Merrill, Adidas’ design director who worked on the logo. “We had to make sure it wasn’t a cartoon character or something silly.”

Seattle had considered naming the team the Metropolitans, but according to Jassy that choice was met with “reticence” by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who didn’t want to change the name of the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.

Of the 31 existing teams in the NHL, 16 have some shade of blue in the logo. Adidas, however, felt that the Kraken’s combination — as well as the red accents — makes it unique both among NHL teams, and other blue-centered teams in the Seattle market.

“It’s actually quite brilliant, almost a neon blue that looks like the ice caps on the Olympics and the white caps on the Puget Sound,” Merrill said. “Then the navy is so dark, it’s almost black. We call it deep sea. The whole uniform has no white — there’s zero white — and it’s really just these complementary blues. The way they present their brand will be that way — these two blues and no white. No surrender at all.”

Seattle general manager Ron Francis, who had a 23-year-playing career mostly with the Whalers/Hurricanes organization, sat in on the branding committee.

“His opinion held a ton of weight in this process from a hockey standpoint,” Dettmer said.

Francis offered this advice to designers: “This needs to be a sweater, that when the players put on, they feel really proud. It needs to be iconic. It needs to be noble.”

The news comes one month after Amazon secured naming rights for Seattle’s downtown arena that will house the Kraken, as well as the WNBA’s Storm. However, the company’s name won’t appear on the building. Instead, the arena will be called Climate Pledge Arena and will feature several green initiatives. Climate Pledge Arena is trying to become the first arena in the world to earn net zero carbon certification by the International Living Future Institute.

The cost of the building has been estimated at more than $900 million. The 18,100-seat venue is expected to host 200 events each year, including concerts and the NHL and WNBA games. The building is under construction on the Seattle Center campus, on the site of the former KeyArena that was the primary home of the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics.

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1 dead, 1 critically injured after shooting in Seattle’s ‘CHOP’ zone, police say – Q13 News Seattle

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SEATTLE— One person was killed and another critically injured after a shooting in Seattle’s Capitol Hill protest zone early Saturday morning, authorities said.

The shooting happened at approximately 2:30 a.m. in CHOP — or “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone — on 10th Avenue and East Pine Street, near Cal Anderson Park, police confirmed in a statement and via Twitter.

Police investigating shooting at 10th Avenue and East Pine. Will update with additional information when available.

— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) June 20, 2020

Two men with gunshot wounds arrived in a private vehicle at Harborview Medical Center at about 3 a.m., said hospital spokesperson Susan Gregg.

A 19-year-old man died at the hospital and the other man was being treated for life-threatening injuries.

Around 10 a.m., Seattle Police released new information about the shooting, stating when officers arrived and tried to find the victim of the shooting, they were met by a violent crowd “that prevented officers safe access to the victims,” officials said.

Seattle Police Sgt. Lauren Truscott told The Seattle Times initially that she didn’t know whether police had taken anyone into custody and that she had no immediate details about how the shooting unfolded.

Investigators were reviewing public-sourced video and body-camera video for clues and authorities planned to disclose more information about the shooting later, Truscott said.

At this time, officers are currently looking for a suspect. No descriptions were given. Detectives are currently investigating the incident.

Anyone who has additional information is asked to contact the Seattle Police Department’s Violent Crime Tip Line at (206) 233-5000.

Protesters have cordoned off several blocks near a police station in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood in the wake of demonstrations against police violence since the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis several weeks ago.

Police have largely retreated from the zone after clashes with protesters ended with people throwing things at police and police tear-gassing people and using other crowd-control munitions.

City officials have said they are still communicating with protest leaders, who had pledged to keep the peace in the zone.

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Pete Hegseth on Seattle protest zone: We’re getting a ‘scary glimpse’ into what the leftists want – Fox News

As protesters in Seattle continue to claim their own territory, “Fox & Friends Weekend” host Pete Hegseth said on Friday that leftist ideas –­ such as defunding the police, dissolving the southern border and revoking the Second Amendment –­ will not work.

“The question is, do you send in the troops? Do you say, ‘hey, this isn’t going to happen anymore, or do you let Seattle sort of implode on itself? It’s a scary glimpse into the minds of leftists right now,” Hegseth told “Fox & Friends.”

SEATTLE OFFICERS FACE ‘AUTONOMOUS ZONE’ CROWD, SAYS 911 RESPONSE TIMES HAVE TRIPLED

The leadership in Seattle appeared to be in disarray Friday after the city’s embattled mayor called the protesters who took over an “autonomous zone” in the city “patriotic.” Meanwhile, the official who ordered police to flee the nearby precinct has refused to come forward. 

Despite protesters calling on Mayor Jenny Durkan and Chief Carmen Best to resign, the mayor resisted the call and raised eyebrows when she joked about considering a “Thelma & Louise” moment in an interview, referring to the 1991 movie about two women on the run from the law.

On Thursday, the crowd continued to occupy the six-block downtown area, named the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ) because of its location in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

A few police officers re-entered the so-called “cop-free zone” on the way to the boarded-up, abandoned East Precinct building.

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Hegseth said that America’s public schools and universities are teaching that the country is defined by its “sins” and should be blamed for the problems in the world.

“If you teach that, then these protests are seen as patriotic. Declaring autonomous zones that get out of the United States and American all together, replaces cops with restorative justice which is really just code for reparations. That all makes sense,” Hegseth said.

“The other side that says ‘wait, we know America is flawed. No country is perfect. Humans are not perfect, we’re all sinful, but, we learn from our past and improve and become the most free, most diverse, most tolerant, most prosperous country in human history, why can’t you appreciate that?”

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The ‘Autonomous Zone’ In Seattle Is A Harbinger Of America’s Future If Politicians Don’t Start Working Together – Forbes

Anti-Racism Protests Continue In Seattle

SEATTLE, WA – JUNE 10: The “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by David … [+] Ryder/Getty Images)


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In hindsight, it’s easy to understand the situation we’re in. We’ve been ordered to close down businesses and stay indoors for months. Going to church, school, restaurants, clubs, bars, sporting or music events and in-person, social interactions have been prohibited. What started as a health crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic has turned into an economic crisis, then leading to a job-loss catastrophe, as over 40 million Americans have lost their jobs since the start of the outbreak. Millions of unemployed people are worrying about whether or not they’ll have a job to go back to when things reopen.

The pressure, stress and strain has been simmering. The killing of George Floyd released our collective anger and frustration, not only with police brutality and systemic racism, but with society as a whole—including our inept political leaders. It’s not surprising that we had a powder keg ready to blow.

Seattle, like many cities across the nation, experienced peaceful protests that have been co-opted by people with bad intentions. This has led to violence, destruction of property, looting and heavy-handed police reactions.  

In a part of Seattle, police officers have fled and protestors have taken over. Citizens of Seattle have demanded that Mayor Jenny Durkan step down, as they claim she has failed to adequately deal with police brutality. The protestors chanted, “Hey hey, ho ho, Jenny Durkan has got to go!” 

Antifa, Black Lives Matters and others wanting to bring about change stormed into Seattle City Hall and took over a swath of surrounding territory. They’ve called it the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). It was created to serve as a community, commune, self-sustaining, police-free zone. The protesters demanded that the police be abolished and the mayor fired. The governor of Washington state, Jay Inslee, said in a press conference that he’s unaware of what’s happening. 

Assistant Police Chief of the Criminal Investigations Bureau Deanna Nollette said, “We have heard anecdotally reports of citizens and businesses being asked to pay a fee to operate within this area.” Nolette added, “There is no legal right for those arms to be used to intimidate community members. This is the crime of extortion.”

The New York Times had a differing perspective reporting, “What has emerged is an experiment in life without the police—part street festival, part commune. Hundreds have gathered to hear speeches, poetry and music. On Tuesday night, dozens of people sat in the middle of an intersection to watch 13th, the Ava DuVernay film about the criminal justice system’s impact on African-Americans. On Wednesday, children made chalk drawings in the middle of the street.”

In front of a deserted police station, a banner was hung that read, “This space is now property of the Seattle people.” The CHAZ has turned it into a “no-go” zone. The group has its own people patrolling the area. “Warlord” Raz Simone chased out reporters and allegedly assaulted citizen journalists. He also produced a new rap video describing his mission.

President Donald Trump raged against this action and tweeted, “Domestic Terrorists have taken over Seattle, run by Radical Left Democrats, of course. LAW & ORDER!” He also tweeted, “Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stopped IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!

Durkan responded in a tweet to Trump, “Make us all safe. Go back to your bunker.

Now, more than ever, our city, state and federal elected officials from both political parties must start openly and honestly speaking with each other. They need to also incorporate business, health and community leaders into the conversation. Otherwise, we are headed down a path of self-destruction. 

Amazon will do amazingly well—so will Google, Apple, Netflix, Microsoft and other online giants. Small businesses that were shut down, then destroyed during riots, may never reopen. The continued strife will hurt the economy, which, in turn, is bad for almost all Americans. 

With growing unemployment, the consumer, which is the largest contributor to the U.S. economy, won’t have money to spend. Things will get progressively worse. This is not just a social issue; it has a direct negative impact on jobs and the fate of workers. 

Unless our leaders put aside their differences and egos, we’ll continue to have unrest, increasing unemployment and the destruction of small businesses. They need to talk and take action before it’s too late. Unfortunately, the middle class and poor will be impacted the most by the lack of leadership from our elected officials.

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