Videos: May Day in Seattle goes about as well as you’d expect
posted at 8:01 am on May 2, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
Just keep this in mind … it’s the Tea Party crowd that we have to fear. Seattle celebrated May Day yesterday, with leftists swarming the streets demonstrating what a wonderful world it would be if they could only convince people to put them in charge. First, though, they’d have to actually show their faces.
By the way, as you might imagine, these videos have NSFW language (h/t Michael S):
Note how CBS leads with the police response rather than what triggered it:
Police used “flash bangs” and pepper spray against some protesters who pelted them with rocks and bottles late Wednesday, as violence erupted on May Day in Seattle.
Go down to paragraph four, and you get the lead that should have started the report:
In Seattle, protesters threw rocks and bottles at police officers and news crews. As they moved through downtown Seattle to another neighborhood, they flung construction street barriers, trash cans and newspaper bins on the streets in an attempt to stop police officers. Windows of businesses were broken and vehicles with people in them were banged around.
At one point, a crew from CBS Seattle affiliate KIRO-TV was surrounded by rowdy protesters. They spit and sprayed Silly String on KIRO reporter David Ham and hit his photographer, the station reports.
Yeah, that’s how you stick it to the man, dude! Silly String! And these protesters wonder why we don’t trust them to run the world. Hmmm.
Despite what the lead implies, it appears police took their time before intervening:
Police used their bikes to shield businesses and eventually began to use pepper spray and “flash bang’ grenades — releasing a flash of light, smoke and a loud noise — to disperse the crowd. But that pushed the group to another nearby neighborhood, and they left overturned trash cans and debris on the street.
In the aftermath, 11 adults and two juveniles were arrested for property damage, the Seattle Police Department said via Twitter.
The Boss Emeritus has this video:
And here is a charming episode where demonstrators blocked a street:
They’re not going to put an end to these riots by arresting 11 people. The riots will only stop when each of these days ends up with hundreds of arrests. When I lived in Huntington Beach, we had several Fourth of July riots in a row, and people would come from all over Southern California to instigate them. When the police finally started arresting everyone who disturbed the peace rather than wait for real trouble to begin — hundreds of people ended up cooling their heels in jail — the riots ended within two years. Troublemakers went elsewhere.