Mayor Jenny Durkan, flanked by Police Chief Carmen Best, address thousands of demonstrators from the steps of the Emergency Operations Center Tuesday. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Mayor Jenny Durkan, flanked by Police Chief Carmen Best, address thousands of demonstrators from the steps of the Emergency Operations Center Tuesday. (Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)
Danny Westneat

Don’t buy the ‘outside agitator’ trope: Arrest records suggest Seattle’s riot was more likely homegrown

Preliminary arrest records show that only two of 62 suspects arrested so far for looting and mayhem in Seattle's weekend riots were from out of state. Various officials from the president on down continue to talk of outside agitators or shadowy organized national conspiracies, but it's more likely the riot was a local affair. Updated

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