Seattle Police Department declared a riot and arrested 45 People after explosives were thrown at officers along with large rocks, bottles, fireworks, and other explosives devise's when the protest turned violent in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood on Saturday.
The Protesters were arrest on several charges that include assaults on officers, obstruction, and failure to disperse. Seattle Police Department even post pictures of one of the explosives thrown at them.
Update: 16 arrests for assault on officers, obstruction and failure to disperse.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 26, 2020
Twenty-one officers were injured by the objects thrown by protesters, according to police. Most officers were okay and able to return to duty, but one officer was hospitalized with a leg injury caused by an explosive.
According to FOX10
Police declared a riot Saturday afternoon after another day of peaceful protest was hijacked by looters who injured 21 police officers, lit "explosive" fires and caused widespread damage in the city's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Hundreds of people gathered about 2 p.m. Saturday for a peaceful march in solidarity with protesters in Portland who are facing arrest by federal agents. By 4 p.m., crowds had broken away from the peaceful protest, setting fires to five construction trailers at the Juvenile Detention Center and attacking camera crews.
One officer was hospitalized with a knee injury caused by an explosive. A Harborview Medical Center spokesperson said the officer is in satisfactory condition as of Saturday evening. SPD said as of 10 p.m., 21 officers were injured by bricks, rocks, mortars and other explosives.
At least 45 people were arrested for assault on officers, obstruction and failure to disperse.
Police reported multiple explosions in the area and numerous fires, including one inside the East Precinct, where rioters breached a security fence to vandalize the building. Police are investigating "explosive damage" to the walls of the East Precinct and more explosives being thrown at police.