Characteristically, the Seattle City Council has already called for a commission to review police handling of the demonstrations. In response, police used pepper spray and batons to clear the street. As noted that was not the case. Perrow, Charles 1984 Normal Accidents: Living with High Risk Technologies. Stamper said he had made up his mind a month prior about announcing his retirement in Jan. Mass demonstrations of human solidarity witnessed in Seattle hold out real hope for each and every ordinary person organizing to end the Drug War and bring our loved ones home.
The City of Seattle or the State of Washington, perhaps in conjunction with local schools and universities could have sponsored debates about the issues, moving it to the public discourse realm. Here once the fury of the crowd has been unleashed, events are assumed to be random, chaotic and destructive. As Zola noted with his comment about how the rich as well as the poor were free to sleep under bridges, we can note that should the rich engage in shoplifting, pickpocketing or armed robbery, or the poor in embezzlement or tax fraud they are subject to the same laws. Still others danced to music provided by a brass band in one location, and a van blocking an intersection with a powerful sound system in another. With over 22,000 names on our mailing list we are also prepared to consider alliances with other grassroots' groups seeking justice for prisoners and their loved ones. The rational approach reflected in the two stories above is best viewed in probabilistic terms and usually involves trade-offs.
Puppets, Anarchists, Teamsters, and Turtles Despite the confrontations on 6th Avenue, a more festive atmosphere prevailed into the afternoon in much of downtown as giant puppets performed and protesters chanted, sang and chatted with bystanders and police. As humans, there is only so much we can take when it comes to segregation before we act out. Among the most notable participants were national and international non governmental organizations especially those concerned with labor issues, the environment, and consumer protection , labor unions, student groups, religiously-based groups, and anarchists. For example, what are the consequences of police adopting a military style demeanor including wearing heavy body armor, Darth Vader type of helmets that mask the face and moving about in armored carriers? Armored police sweep through downtown, pushing protesters out of the curfew area with rubber bullets, tear gas, and pepper spray. Paramilitary Policing: Forging the Iron Fist Inside the Velvet Glove.
The same officer referred to in endnote 18, said that police estimated 50,000 marchers. This is because paramedics who had been dispatched to the location arrived, then promptly left after being ordered by police to wait until the area had been cleared of demonstrators. The densely populated Capitol Hill area was a natural place for police to direct people. Warcry has become a supporter of Luers and considers his prison sentence to be excessive, along with the Eugene Human Rights Commission, and several others including. The crowd grows to several thousand and then marches across the University Bridge towards downtown. District Court jury ruled in 2007 that the city did not violate speech rights during the protests and crackdown, but violated due process rights. The standoff continued until approximately 12 p.
These arrests on April 15 were false and later spurred a class action lawsuit called ' Becker, et al. The above examples illustrate an ironic perspective on protest developed below. Exhausted police sought to determine what went wrong. In all, 56 Seattle police reported injuries. Then Seattle Mayor Paul Schell wanted to allow demonstrators to have freedom of speech. Even in the absence of aggressive actions mere police presence may unintentionally heighten a sense of resistance in some demonstrators and bystanders. These people were predominantly middle class whites ranging in age from teenagers to an 83-year-old woman.
Another form of this issue lies in whether a protest group decides to operate openly or clandestinely. For the most part, the event passed unnoticed. This information was then disseminated by word of mouth and over bullhorns. The Spill-over or Fly Paper Effect. Police called in from other cities mistook the typically crowded streets of Capitol Hill as groups of protesters. In other words, you won't see these guys alongside James P.
These may be inherent in the structure of the situation or emerge out of the choices actors make and their interactions, or they may flow from uncontrollable and often unthought of, or unexpected influences outside of the local system. The protests led to 157 arrests of people who were later released and the resignation of Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper. It is to call attention to the complexity of the situation, to the need for a nuanced and empirically grounded approach and for dialogue among contending parties of good will. Speaker panels and other informing events Teach-ins - first used in Vietnam war protests, used to educate citizens about the global rules and policies or consequence. Normally fire mobilization was used for wildland fires in eastern Washington.
We follow everyone here from the ground up; the protest groups, the cops on the street, their commanders, city officials, a news reporter, and innocent bystanders. The degree of secrecy accompanying the preparations of both police and protestors, while believed to be strategic, also inhibited the cooperation with allies. Protest organizers convinced Seattle police during the protest-permit process, that peaceful organizers would quell these kinds of activities. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Police said the 3,000 protesters included three distinct groups of troublemakers who broke away to attack cars and hotel and shop windows, then rejoined the march, pretending to be peaceful. There, police permitted demonstrators access to a much larger area of the city, but denied them access to the area where the meetings were held.
These clouds mingled with black smoke rising from fires in dumpsters that had earlier in the day been rolled into intersections as barricades restricting police movement. Several brief standoffs occur between police in riot gear and protester groups, but they end without incident. The day before the larger protest scheduled on April 16, a smaller group of protesters demonstration against the Prison-Industrial Complex in the District of Columbia. Video shot by anarchists at Seattle does show some protesters throwing debris at police. The announcement was made at 3:32 and a 50 block-section of the city was placed under curfew 7 p. Others were in Cancun, Mexico, and Seattle. Yet if they decided to cancel or redirect the march, already overwhelmed police would likely have to face a large, hostile and potentially disruptive crowd, angry over being denied what they saw as their First Amendment rights.
A federal jury has ruled that the city of Seattle is liable for the unlawful arrests of roughly 200 protesters during the second day of the World Trade Organization meetings in 1999. Thousands of police forced protesters out of the downtown area firing canister after canister of tear gas into the crowd. Police fire tear gas at the crowd, segments of which respond by throwing bottles. Komen 3-Day walkers for breast cancer. She was involved with the project since its inception in Seattle during the.