Video: initial SPD use of force on May Day 2015

Here is previously unpublished video of Seattle police using force on anti-capitalist marchers during May Day 2015. This video begins immediately after a bike officer tackles a black bloc marcher; starting at the 40 second marker in this overhead video, you can see yours truly on the right edge of the screen filming with a white smartphone (I’m the guy in the brown shorts & backwards black baseball cap, just beneath the news camera operator). Police say that they tackled the arrestee because minutes earlier that person had thrown a “weighted traffic pylon” at police, as shown in this video. After this initial incident of force, what had been a tense march erupted into an ongoing street fight, as I describe in my reporting here.

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