Seattle police arrest 10 after clashes in cleared CHOP zone

Police said 10 people were arrested after violence erupted 

Seattle police clashed with protesters after being attacked with rocks, bottles and fireworks overnight Thursday in the now-cleared Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone.

Police said 10 people were arrested after violence erupted at the intersection of Broadway and Pine Street.

Helmeted police with bats and rifles forcibly cleared the so-called autonomous zone Wednesday after the mayor ordered the response following two recent fatal shootings.

Police and city workers fill a street occupied hours earlier by an encampment of protesters Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle, where streets had been blocked off in an area demonstrators had occupied for weeks. 

Police and city workers fill a street occupied hours earlier by an encampment of protesters Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle, where streets had been blocked off in an area demonstrators had occupied for weeks.  (AP)

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“Officers reporting bottles, rocks, and fireworks being thrown at them in the intersection of Broadway and Pine Street. Arrests being made at this time,” police tweeted.

Another tweet said commanders were issuing an order to the crowd to disperse.

Heavy equipment and a street sweeper roll past a Seattle police precinct being cleaned Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle, where streets had been blocked off in an area demonstrators had occupied for weeks. 

Heavy equipment and a street sweeper roll past a Seattle police precinct being cleaned Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle, where streets had been blocked off in an area demonstrators had occupied for weeks.  (AP)

Three people were arrested outside the West Precinct for property destruction, police said. The West Precinct is two miles away from the CHOP zone.

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The other seven arrests took place at Broadway and Pine, starting at around 1 a.m., police said. They were being charged with assault, harassment, and failure to disperse.

When the zone was cleared Wednesday, more than three dozen people were arrested on charges of failure to disperse, obstruction, assault and unlawful weapon possession.

“Our job is to support peaceful demonstration but what has happened on these streets over the last two weeks is lawless and it’s brutal and bottom line it is simply unacceptable,” Police Chief Carmen Best said.

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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan had been under fire for her response to CHOP protest.