Seattle police response to protests last summer made things worse: report
Police use a chemical spray to push protesters west on Pine Street in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood as planned protests for a "Youth Day of Action and Solidarity with Portland" on July 25, 2020. - The Seattle Times/Seattle Times/TNS

SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department needs to find a better way to interact with anti-police demonstrators, including allowing officers to express solidarity with protesters marching against police brutality and racism, according to the first in a series of detailed critiques of the department’s response to Black Lives Matter protests in downtown Seattle. At the same time, the city’s Office of Inspector General for Public Safety, in the first of its “Sentinel Event Review” reports on local demonstrations that arose after the May 25, 2020, murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, said t...