10 Arrested for Occupying Seattle Mayor’s Office Demanding Resignation of Chief of Police

28 Feb

After marching to City Hall, about 75 protesters Mic-Checked City Council demanding the resignation of Chief Diaz and the prosecution of officers engaged in misconduct, including former SPD officer Ian Birk who murdered John T. Williams.  The group then occupied the foyer of the Mayor’s office.

The actions come after a Federal DOJ Civil Rights report blasted Seattle Police Department for routine and widespread use of excessive force.

Read a Seattle Times article.

Statement from Bring Diaz Down Campaign:

Mic Check!

In consideration of the Seattle Police Department’s abuse of the citizens of Seattle, its violent and unnecessary repression of nonviolent protesters and its disproportionate targeting of the most disenfranchised members of society, we are here to announce that John Diaz does not have the mandate of the people; he will no longer be the Chief of the Seattle police department. We demand the immediate prosecution of all officers found to be repeatedly engaged in misconduct, including Ian Birk, the murderer of John T. Williams.

After the release of the department of justice report, this city government has shown itself to be more interested in diffusing public outrage than quelling the rampant violence of the SPD.

But we also understand that direct police brutality is not the only issue.

Our entire legal system disproportionally targets communities of color, whether by enforcing foreclosure evictions on behalf of the big banks, maintaining enormous Stay Out of Drug Areas, or enforcing mandatory incarceration of those picked up for nonviolent crimes.

So long as some people have to choose between feeding their families and getting their rent paid there is no equality before the law because the law itself embraces that inequality. We will never be equals in ownership, never equal before the police. As our homes are foreclosed on, our wages cut, our futures pulled from underneath us, there is nothing left but for us to disobey, to disrupt.

This police department enforces the rule of the 1%, an untenable, unjust dominion which will not be allowed to continue.

Finally, in honor of all those harassed, beaten and murdered, we ask for a moment of silence.

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4 Responses to “10 Arrested for Occupying Seattle Mayor’s Office Demanding Resignation of Chief of Police”

  1. Lizz P.A. March 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    sup, I’ve already got my pre-trial date already.March 29th at 9:30 am room 1102 at Seatle Municipal Court!

  2. All Power To The Positive! March 6, 2012 at 11:46 am #

    Hear Liam and Ali from Red Spark on allpowertothepositive.info

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