In an effort to identify people who damaged property and committed assaults during last week's May Day protests, Seattle police are asking for photos and videos from both the public and media outlets.
Seattle police are asking anyone who photographed or videotaped last week’s May Day protests — including local media outlets — to submit photos and footage to a team of detectives trying to identify those who damaged property and committed assaults before taking cover in the crowd.
At a Tuesday media briefing, Assistant Police Chief Jim Pugel said subpoenas have been served on several news outlets seeking photos and video of the protests.
“To my knowledge, we have not received such a subpoena, although our attorney was told that we would be served,” said Times Executive Editor David Boardman. “We are in discussions with counsel about how we might respond should we be served.”
The Times has received a letter from the U.S. Attorney’s Office requesting that the newspaper not purge for 120 days any photos or videos taken by staff members during the downtown protest that erupted in sporadic violence, which was largely attributed to a group of 50 or 60 black-clad, apparent anarchists.
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Eight people were arrested, but only one, possibly two, were connected with the larger group of people dressed in black, who armed themselves with sharpened stakes and other weapons that police later seized, Pugel said.
Four of the eight were charged last week with third-degree assault for alleged assaults on different officers.
Pugel also encouraged anyone who has not yet reported an assault or property damage to give the information to the temporary task force, which has been set up to identify May Day lawbreakers.
Anonymous tips are welcome, and those with information are asked to call 206-233-2666 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Tips, photos and videos can also be emailed to email@example.com.
Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or firstname.lastname@example.org