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Seattle police officer captured on video riding his bicycle over a protester’s head placed on leave – CNN

(CNN)A Seattle police officer captured on video rolling his bicycle over the head of a protester who was laying in the street is now on administrative leave.

The Seattle Police Department said in a statement Thursday that the actions of the officer — who has not been identified — are being investigated independently by the King County Sheriff’s Office at the department’s request.
Earlier on Thursday, the city’s police watchdog group said it was requesting a criminal investigation.
Video of the incident taken Wednesday night and posted on Twitter shows a protester laying in the street as an officer, who is on foot, rolls his bicycle over the protester’s head and neck area.
The scene is immediately surrounded by nearby officers.
The video and subsequent outrage comes as tensions rise between protesters against systemic racism and police officers, after the Kentucky attorney general announced on Wednesday that no officers would be charged for Breonna Taylor’s death.
Mass protests occurred Wednesday night in cities across the US from Louisville to Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York, as swaths of people congregate to protest and grieve the decision. A number of protesters have been arrested as a result, and demonstrations are expected to continue on Thursday.
From a review of the video, the Seattle Police Department’s Force Investigation Team (FIT) said it had “identified potential violations of SPD policy, as well as potential criminal conduct,” the statement from the Office of Professional Accountability (OPA), the watchdog group, said.
Subsequently, the case was referred to the OPA.
“After further analyzing the video and observing the interviews conducted by FIT, OPA requested that a criminal investigation be conducted,” the statement said.
A CNN email to the Seattle Police Officers Guild seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned.

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Mariners trade: A look at the 4 players Seattle got from Padres in Nola deal – 710 ESPN Seattle

The Mariners have pulled off their biggest move in quite some time, trading catcher/utility man Austin Nola as well as right-handed relievers Dan Altavilla and Austin Adams to the San Diego Padres for four young players, including one of the top prospects in all of baseball.

Shannon Drayer breaks down the deal | A look at four players Seattle got

Coming to Seattle are outfielder Taylor Trammell, who was the Padres’ fifth prospect, third baseman Ty France, catcher Luis Torrens and right-handed pitcher Andrés Muñoz.

Here’s a closer look at each of the players the Mariners are receiving from San Diego.

OF Taylor Trammell

Let’s start with the headliner, who is MLB Pipeline’s No. 60 prospect in all of baseball.

Trammell, 22, was selected in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds, who took him with the 35th overall pick. After three years in the Reds’ system, he was traded to San Diego in a three-team deal also involving the Cleveland Indians with the big names being Yasiel Puig and Trevor Bauer. Before the trade, Trammell played in the All-Star Futures Game in 2018, where he was the game’s MVP. He played in the game again in 2019.

Since entering pro ball in 2016, Trammell is a .270 hitter with 33 home runs and 195 RBIs in 426 games. He’s also incredibly fast, stealing 110 bases while being thrown out 37 times. He has also struck out 407 times compared to 219 walks.

Trammell spent all of 2019 in Double-A, hitting .234 with 10 home runs, 43 RBIs and 20 stolen bases.

Trammell is now the Mariners’ sixth top-60 prospect, per MLB Pipeline ratings, joining Jarred Kelenic (12), Julio Rodriguez (19), Emerson Hancock (38), Logan Gilbert (43) and Evan White (59).

The Padres played Trammell in center field, but per MLB Pipeline, some think he will wind up in left field because of his below-average arm, though he has an above-average glove and above-average speed. He, Kelenic and Rodriguez are all potential future outfield members along with Kyle Lewis, Jake Fraley and Braden Bishop, who are all currently with the big-league team.

3B Ty France

France, 26, spent some time with the Padres’ big-league club last year, hitting .234 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs in 69 games. He also played 19 games there this year, hitting .314 with two home runs and 10 RBIs.

A 34th-round pick in 2015, France tore up the minor leagues ever since. He is a career .294 minor league hitter in 535 games with 69 home runs and 352 RBIs. He has also struck out 370 times compared to 204 walks.

A third baseman by trade, France offers some flexibility on defense, as he has appeared in games at third base, second base, first base and designated hitter in his brief MLB career, which could be of use to give Kyle Seager, Evan White and Shed Long Jr. time off. He was San Diego’s opening day designated hitter this season.

C Luis Torrens

The Mariners got a catcher with MLB experience back for Nola, Altavilla and Adams in Torrens. The 24-year-old has played 70 MLB games between 2017 and 2020, with 56 of those games coming in 2017 at age 21. He spent all of 2018 at High-A and split time between the bigs and Double-A in 2019.

Torrens has struggled at the plate in the big leagues, hitting just .176 with no home runs and seven RBIs, but he has hit well in 381 career minor league games with a .272 average, 27 home runs, 186 RBIs, and 267 strikeouts to 141 walks. His numbers at the major-league level should come with a slight grain of salt, as he had never appeared above Single-A when he ultimately made his MLB debut in 2017.

Behind the plate, Torrens has thrown out 20% of runners with the Padres, but 40% in the minor leagues.

Torrens began his pro career with the Yankees, signing as an international free agent out of Venezuela in 2012 and he was selected by the Reds in the Rule-5 draft of 2016 before immediately trading him to San Diego.

RHP Andrés Muñoz

Muñoz, 21, is the youngest player coming to the Mariners in the deal. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound right-handed reliever signed with San Diego as an international free agent in 2015 and made his pro debut in 2016.

In 100 career minor league games (106 innings), Muñoz has a 3.14 ERA with 150 strikeouts to 65 walks. He made his MLB debut last season at 20 years old and pitched well in 22 games, posting a 3.91 ERA, 1.174 WHIP in 23 innings.  He struck out 30 while walking 11 and had a 1-1 record with one save.

Muñoz likely would have seen time at the major-league level again this year, but in March he underwent Tommy John surgery and will miss all of the 2020 season.

According to Statcast, Muñoz’s four-seam fastball averaged 99.9 MPH, second-highest in the MLB. He also throws a slider that sits in the mid-to-high 80s. He used his fastball 66.1% of the time and his slider 32.5%. He also occasionally threw a cutter and sinker.

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Seattle City Council approves plan to defund police department, slashes jobs and salaries – Fox News

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to move forward with a controversial proposal that would begin the process of defunding the police department.

The 7-1 vote comes despite objections from the city’s police chief, mayor and the Seattle Police Officers’ Guild.

The plan would ultimately slash funding to the department but not the 50% some had sought. Seattle currently has around 1,400 police officers, and the current plan would see about 100 cut. It was also cut the police department’s $400 million budget by about $3 million, according to KOMO.

Councilmember Kshama Sawant was the sole “no” vote because she felt the proposals didn’t go far enough, while Debora Juarez abstained, according to MyNorthWest.com.

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The council reviewed a final set of amendments Monday before the vote, which included reducing the police department by up to 100 officers through layoffs and attrition as well as cutting the $285,000 annual salary of the Police Chief Carmen Best and other top officers. Best is the city’s first Black police chief and the pay cut would put her salary well below her White predecessor.

The council’s plan also removes officers from a team that dismantles homeless camps.

“While we can’t do everything in this summer rebalancing package, we have set the path forward for tremendous work in front of us as a council and as a city,” Councilwoman Teresa Mosqueda said.

The move to defund the city’s Navigation Team, and redirect the money to homeless outreach services such as REACH will “dramatically restrict the city’s ability to address unauthorized encampments,” Jason Johnson, Interim Director of Seattle’s Human Services Department, wrote in a letter to the council last week.

Some council members have said the initial cuts are a first step to more sweeping reductions and a rethinking of law enforcement in Seattle.

“It’s important to show community members that we hear them, that we’re working towards the same goal,” Councilwoman Teresa Mosqueda said last week.

Mayor Jenny Durkan and Best have urged the council to slow down its discussions about police budgets, saying the issue can be taken up in earnest when the 2021 city budget is considered. They also argued any layoffs would disproportionately target newer officers, often hired from minority communities, and would inevitably lead to lawsuits.

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Durkan has already targeted about $20 million in savings from the police budget this year, largely because of spending pressure due to reduced revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month, the mayor sketched out a plan to reduce the police budget by about $75 million next year by transferring parking enforcement officers, the 911 call center and other areas out of the department.

As U.S. attorney in Seattle, Durkan previously pushed a Justice Department investigation that found officers too quick to use force, leading to a 2012 consent decree with the federal government. Reviews by an independent monitor have determined that the changes under the consent decree have led to a drop in how often police use force. But critics have said the department’s actions during recent protests show not enough progress has been made.

Reducing funding for police departments has been championed by protesters in Seattle and other cities around the country following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. In that case, a White police officer knelt on the back of Floyd’s neck for several minutes until he died. Floyd was Black.

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Protests, some of which started peacefully but turned violent, were reported across the country, including in Portland and St. Louis.

On Sunday night, vandals in Seattle targeted several stores in the city’s First Hill neighborhood, breaking glass doors at a Chase Bank and Key Bank branch. Vandals also took aim at a boarded-up Starbucks and several other businesses in the area, local media reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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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.”

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— 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

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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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