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  • caption: People lift their candles in the air during a vigil for Black lives at Jefferson Park on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, in Seattle.
    Seattle Protests for Civil Rights

    Updates on protests and demonstrations in the Seattle area

    Demonstrations and protests for racial justice continue in Western Washington. What to know: The back story: After weeks of protests, Seattle police retreated from the East Precinct at 11th and Pine on Capitol Hill, leaving it empty and boarded up. Protesters began blocking off an area around it on Capitol Hill, first naming it CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone), and then renaming it CHOP (Capitol Hill Organized Protest). Around 5 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, Seattle police began efforts to clear people from the CHOP zone. Mayor Jenny Durkan issued an emergency order to vacate the area. The rallying cry has been to defund the police. Here's what that means. Deaths and injuries: There have been four shootings, resulting in two deaths, that occurred in or near the CHOP. It is unclear whether the shooters have a connection to the protest. On Saturday, July 4, a motorist sped through a protest on Interstate 5, killing Summer Taylor, a 24-year-old demonstrator, and seriously harming Diaz Love, also part of the demonstration.

  • caption: Erin Olanrewaju, nurse practitioner at International Community Health Services, stands for a portrait on Thursday, April 16, 2020, at the ICHS testing area in Shoreline.
    Coronavirus In Seattle

    News and updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state (June 26-July 5)

    This post will be updated with information about the coronavirus pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Sunday, June 28, the Washington State Department of Health reports: 1,310 Covid-19 related deaths; 31,752 confirmed cases (5.9% positive rate among those tested, and 4.1% death rate among positive cases). Note that tests have been limited, so there are likely more unreported cases. The most heavily hit counties have been King (586 deaths), Snohomish (165 deaths), Yakima (149 deaths), and Pierce (87 deaths). Versión en español aquí / Read KUOW's coronavirus coverage in Spanish

  • caption: Racial justice activist Tealshawn Turner addresses Seattle Police Department officers at the intersection of Broadway and East Pine Street after they cleared the Capitol Hill Organized Protest Zone, CHOP, early on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Seattle. "I don't get it," said Tuner. "Why is it so hard to just acknowledge basic human rights? Why is it so hard to hold your fellow officers accountable?"
    Seattle Protests for Civil Rights

    Updates: Protests for racial justice in the Seattle area

    Demonstrations and protests for racial justice continue in Western Washington. After Seattle police retreated from the East Precinct, leaving it empty and boarded up, protesters began blocking off an area around it on Capitol Hill, first naming it CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone), and then renaming it CHOP (Capitol Hill Organized Protest). The rallying cry has been to defund the police. Here's what that means. Multiple shootings have occurred in or near the CHOP. There were two shootings over the weekend of June 20-21 resulting in one death, one man hospitalized, and a teenager treated for a gunshot wound. Another occurred shortly before 5 am. on Tuesday, June 23; a victim was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Another shooting happened early Monday morning, June 29 after a car reportedly drove through the CHOP; two people inside the car were reportedly shot and transported to a hospital. One died, and the other was in critical condition.

  • caption: Masked travelers walk through a skybridge on Monday, May 18, 2020, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. All passengers and employees traveling through the airport are required to wear face coverings beginning today, Monday, May 18.

    Updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in Washington state (June 22-28)

    This post will be updated with information about the coronavirus pandemic in Washington state. Scroll down for older information. As of Friday, June 19, the Washington State Department of Health reports: *1,265 Covid-19 related deaths; 28,225 confirmed cases (6.1% positive rate among those tested, and 4.5% death rate among positive cases). Note that tests have been limited, so there are likely more unreported cases. *The most heavily hit counties have been King (601 deaths), Snohomish (163 deaths), Pierce (92 deaths), and Yakima (136 deaths). Versión en español aquí / Read KUOW's coronavirus coverage in Spanish

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    Updates on protests and demonstrations in the Seattle area (June 22-28)

    Demonstrations and protests for racial justice continue in Western Washington. After Seattle police retreated from the East Precinct, leaving it empty and boarded up, protesters began blocking off an area around it on Capitol Hill, first naming it CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone), and then renaming it CHOP (Capitol Hill Organized Protest). The rallying cry has been to defund the police. Here's what that means. Over the weekend of June 20-21, there were two shootings in or neat the CHOP resulting in one death, one man hospitalized, and 17-year-old boy treated for a gunshot wound.

  • caption: Protesters run through tear gas and flash bombs on Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the intersection of 5th and Pine Streets in Seattle. Thousands gathered in a protest that turned violent following the violent police killing of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by a white police officer who held his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, as he repeatedly said, 'I can't breathe,' in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.

    Seattle City Council bars police use of tear gas, chokeholds

    The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to bar police from using tear gas, pepper spray and several other crowd control devices after officers repeatedly used them on mostly peaceful demonstrators protesting racism and police brutality.