The march, called a "nonviolent, sustainable, physical petition," included torches and insults, but no clashes.
Scores of demonstrators, many carrying torches, walked to the Seattle Police East Precinct and denounced the department Saturday.
The marchers, affiliated with Occupy Seattle, called for the ouster of Chief John Diaz, and cited the fatal shooting of woodcarver John T. Williams in 2010, as well as other incidents here and elsewhere. A recent federal report accuses SPD of a pattern of unconstitutional excessive force.
Martin Chapman, a participant, called Saturday’s event a “nonviolent, sustainable physical petition.”
There were no arrests or injuries reported, unlike a confrontation at the Port of Seattle last month where a flare, paint and metal were hurled at police, and officers arrested 11 people.
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Saturday’s rally, in freezing temperatures, ended with about 75 people walking to Seattle Central Community College. A speaker noted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s image on sheriff’s cars, saying excess force puts King’s legacy “in the toilet.” Another proclaimed: “We’re not going to stop until we have total freedom, and cops don’t exist at all.”