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I watched the “anti-capitalist” march on Capitol Hill and was struck by the restraint and discipline of the police assigned to escort the demonstrators [“Harrell: ‘Idiotic’ arrest caused melee at May Day protest,” Local News, May 6]. The restraint was obvious in the face of serious provocation by many in the march who simply saw this as an opportunity to destroy and deface property.

We in Capitol Hill have seen May Day protests before. But there were also some things new this time: sound tactics of quickly redeploying and a larger police presence.

You can never win over those bent on destruction by appearing weak and docile. It would be nice to think these tactics are a sign of more robust policing in Seattle under the new commissioner.

Well done, Seattle police.

Richard Baxendale, Seattle