Ferguson Protests Turns Violent in Seattle, 5 Arrested

A grand jury decided not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Seattle residents reacted in protest to the decision.
A grand jury decided not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Seattle residents reacted in protest to the decision.

A grand jury decided not to indict a Ferguson, Mo., police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown — and there were several violent protests.

In Seattle, protesters blocked Interstate 5 northbound at University Street about 10:20 p.m. Officers said the crowd was throwing fireworks at them near Seventh Avenue and Madison Street, and police urged drivers to use extreme caution. Police said cans of food were thrown at officers as well.

Seattle police said the demonstrators threw bottles, rocks and lit flares at officers near Seventh Avenue and James Street, shortly before getting onto I-5. Vandalism was reported near Ninth Avenue and Madison Street, and police said protestors continued to throw bottles at them there.

About 20 minutes earlier Seattle police reported no injuries and described the gatherings at peaceful. Seattle rapper Macklemore, who had a Billboard chart-topper with his song “Thrift Shop,” joined protesters late Monday.

Five people were arrested in Seattle.

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Source: KIRO TV Seattle