Cops Hospitalized After Seattle Rioters Set Off Explosion Near Police Car
Protesters set off their explosive devices as the riot was declared.
Seattle descended into yet another riot on Sunday as ‘anti-police” rioters set off a “large explosion” near a police car, resulting in at least one police officer being hospitalized.
“The protest began in the Seattle neighborhood of SoDo around 7 p.m., with an estimated 100 people marching on foot with cars following behind them, according to a Monday morning press release by the Seattle Police Department,” Fox News reported.
“They made their way to the building that houses the Seattle Police Officer Guild and, within hours, the demonstration turned violent.”
The rioters used an incendiary device with the intent of injuring police officers and inflict maximum damage.
Seattle’s police department said in a statement:
“Multiple explosives were thrown toward officers."
“Several officers were struck by explosives and injured,” the statement adds.
Photos show one police officer with lacerations to his neck and below his eye and what looks to be a large bruise just below his eye socket.
Another officer has burns to the back of his neck, just below his hairline.
“Three officers were hurt, and one was taken to an area hospital for their injuries,” Fox News said.
"Their condition was not immediately known.”
Since June, Seattle has been plagued with anti-police demonstrations when demonstrators set up the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone."
The zone was dismantled after two killings, both of black teenagers, but protests continued.
Earlier this month, Seattle's Chief of Police Carmen Best quit her role after the Democrat-run City Council voted to defund the police department, making the situation worse in the city.
Then on Sunday, a riot was declared as protesters set off their explosive devices and dispersed the crowd using “non-lethal” means.
Police jailed more than a dozen demonstrators after ordering them to disperse.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, police cracked down after a planned “Black Lives Matter” demonstration got out of hand in the city’s Loop business district; at least two dozen protesters were arrested.
Reports revealed that July 2020 in Mayor Lori Lightfoot's Chicago will go down in history as the city's deadliest month, the police superintendent said.