Seattle PD search warrant recovers explosives, baseball bats reportedly handed out at protests

 10 hours ago

One explosion blew a hole in the wall of a precinct, police said

By Stephanie Pagones | Fox News

https://static.foxnews.com/static/orion/html/video/iframe/vod.html?v=20200727220720#uid=fnc-embed-1

Elected officials pushing Seattle towards ‘lawless wasteland’: Solan

Mike Solan, Seattle Police Officers Guild, reacts to Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan claiming Trump sending in federal agents is a ‘dry run’ for martial law

Seattle police who executed a search warrant of a van abandoned near a series of weekend fires recovered pyrotechnics, weaponry and riot gear believed to have been used during demonstrations in the area, officials announced.https://3d58991a51101f01c4c3d89407f6fc83.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

During Saturday’s “large demonstration” in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood,  a crowd set construction trailers on fire, and damaged cars and businesses before making its way toward Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct, police said Wednesday evening.https://www.youtube.com/embed/undefined

But as the crowd headed toward the precinct shortly before 4:30 p.m., a van followed and parked in front of the police building. It was facing the wrong direction in a traffic lane, and later abandoned, officials said.

FEDERAL FORCES SENT TO SEATTLE HAVE ‘DEMOBILIZED’ AND ‘LEFT,’ MAYOR ANNOUNCES

“At about the same time explosions occurred outside the precinct,” the press release states. “Individuals in the crowd threw explosives at officers. One explosion occurred along the north wall of the precinct (on Pine Street), which blew a hole in the wall of the building.”https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=true&id=1288626090823397376&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.foxnews.com%2Fus%2Fseattle-explosives-baseball-bats-reportedly-handed-out-at-protests&siteScreenName=foxnews&theme=light&widgetsVersion=223fc1c4%3A1596143124634&width=550px

A witness told police people had surrounded the van earlier in the day, while its back doors were open, to show “improvised shields, gas masks, baseball bats and a large assortment of pyrotechnic explosives inside the van,” officials said.

SEATTLE RESIDENTS SLAM ‘DEFUND THE POLICE’ AS ‘RADICAL EXPERIMENT’ DURING CITY BUDGET MEETING

After searching the vehicle, police said they found the following items inside, among others:https://3d58991a51101f01c4c3d89407f6fc83.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

  • firework pyrotechnics
  • improvised spike strips and nails
  • bear mace
  • gas masks
  • homemade shields
  • helmets, shin guards and additional types of body armor
  • nextImage 1 of 7Photo shows evidence recovered during Seattle Police Department search of van abandoned at demonstration on June 25, 2020 (Seattle Police Department).

On Wednesday, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan told reporters police have “an obligation to disperse a crowd when dangers to public safety like explosives, fires, individuals intent on causing harm” are present, according to local affiliate Q13 Fox Seattle.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“I think what we saw in our city last week in three separate protests, that there were individuals who were intent on causing harm. And the items seized from this van show exactly what they were planning, saw the results on our street,” Durkan reportedly said.

Police arrested at least 45 people as a result of Saturday’s demonstrations and 59 officers were hurt, KOMO News reported.

Seattle PD also released photographs and videos of the contraband, as well as the damage apparently caused by the explosive.

The department is still investigating its findings.

1 thought on “Seattle PD search warrant recovers explosives, baseball bats reportedly handed out at protests

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s