Seattle police announced the arrest of at least 14 people after an unauthorized march, marking the May Day of the violent confrontation caused by the traveling black-dressed group. Go around the downtown area of the city to Cal Anderson Park.
Q13Fox reports that the group is blocking traffic and causing hazards, including fireworks on roads. The group threw colored flamethrower bottles at police officers, according to police. Those arrested face charges ranging from assault to property vandalism.
Police said at least one of the bystanders had been “draped” on the side of the road, one was arrested for throwing stones through an open police car window. The driver was hit, the Q13Fox report said.
Police Chief Adrian Diaz announced last week that the department was in “Staffing crisis” after more than 180 police officers quit last year and 66 more have left jobs so far this year, according to police.
“We’re at a record low in town right now. I have about 1,080 active duty personnel right now. This is the lowest I have ever seen in our department,” Diaz told KING-TV.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.