Skip to comments.Mayor apologizes to demonstrators who were pepper sprayed (Seattle, of course)
Posted on 11/16/2011 5:38:53 PM PST by Stoat
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has issued an apology to people who were pepper sprayed at an Occupy Seattle demonstration on Tuesday evening.
McGinn personally apologized to an 84-year-old woman who was sprayed in the face. He called Dorli Rainey afer images of her being sprayed went viral.
"I feel terrible, said McGinn. "I did apologize to Dorli because nobody likes to see this happen to someone who speaks for the protest line."
Pictures of Seattle's pepper spraying police - and Rainey - hit YouTube.
The mayor demands a complete review of police actions.
"We've asked police to review it, take a look at the videos, he said. We need more senior people.
Rainey, a former school teacher and political activist, is no stranger to police. She was arrested during the original Nickelsville protests.
Seattle Police Chief John Diaz will do an internal review of the pepper spraying and make sure an appropriate commander is on the scene during the next protest.
For the last six weeks, Seattle has been working to address issues raised by the Occupy Seattle movement and its protest actions. My instruction to police and other city departments has been to protect free speech rights, protect public safety of protesters and the public, and protect other legitimate public and private uses of property.
Last night, the police used pepper spray in two separate incidents, and many are now questioning whether the police use of force was appropriate to the circumstances. I have seen video and written descriptions of the incidents.
To those engaged in peaceful protest, I am sorry that you were pepper sprayed. I spoke to Dorli Rainey (who I know personally) to ask how she was doing, and to ask for her description of events.
I also called in Seattle Police Chief John Diaz and the command staff to review the actions of last night. They agreed that this was not their preferred outcome. Here are the steps we are taking in response, to achieve a better outcome next time:
Reviewing with our officers the deployment of pepper spray last night
Developing a procedure to ensure appropriate commanders are on the ground at these kinds of events.
Making sure that we have appropriate levels of police resources at protest events.
We all need to acknowledge the challenges that we face. Many in Seattle recall the World Trade Organization protest in 1999 and the Mardi Gras riot in 2001. In both instances insufficient attention and preparation led to severe public safety issues.
We also do not want overly aggressive enforcement to exacerbate the situation. We have been relying on the line officers to exercise extraordinary judgment and restraint in tough circumstances. And as Occupy Seattle heads into its sixth week, tensions appear to be getting higher. Defusing those tensions is important. Just as we are going to work to ensure we are doing all we can to protect free speech and public safety, Occupy Seattle needs to work with us too. That includes ensuring that everyone participating in their protests understands the importance of nonviolence.
The underlying frustration with our unfair economic circumstances remains. I share the message and values of the Occupy Seattle movement, and want to work with them and others to meet our goals of protecting free speech rights, protecting public safety of protesters and the public, and protecting other legitimate public and private uses of property.
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Screw you McGinn. Those jerkoffs were rampaging through the streets. The police didn’t crack down near fast or hard enough.
This is the stance a Mayor takes when he wants productive people, who usually vote conservative, to move out of a city and for the voter base to be dominated by the indolent Left.
In another week Seattle will be buzzing with Holiday shoppers, theater goers, and parents taking their kids to the Holiday Carousel. The slime-ball mayor better clear the city of this scum or there will be an impact, big time. Same goes with all the other cities.
This lying leftist mayor is seeking to ensure that future “demonstrators” will continue to defy lawful orders to disperse.
I won't hold my breath waiting for "Duh Mayor" to act on the entirely logical, reasonable and basic points that you quite properly enumerated. I'm doing 'all' of my shopping outside of Seattle and online, and I'm guessing I'm not the only one.
NYC's Mayor Bloomberg didn't get serious until businesses began actually failing and people started dying. I would assume that Nickels will wait until the downtown Seattle area looks like Detroit and is in flames.
I'm wondering how many Seattle Police Officers will be injured or killed in "occupy-related" skirmishes and riots before Nickels will develop an interest in public order and safety, as well as allowing Seattle's Finest to properly defend themselves against these thugs while they enforce the law.
My guess: Quite a few.
Seattle OWS thugs have been repeatedly told via the city's examples that they've got free reign of the streets and will suffer few consequences for lawbreaking, if any.
I have profound respect and admiration for Seattle Police Officers who willingly work under such needlessly dangerous and completely insane, politically-motivated conditions. I would imagine that statements such as the Mayor's will not exactly assist with SPD's Officer recruitment efforts.
Isn’t it bout time that 84 yr. old dimwit occupied a casket?
If she cares so little about her own well-being that she surrounds herself with violent, dirty, lawbreaking Leftists then this will be a fate she’ll embrace long before her time.
They are now storming the bridge...520 or 420? haha KOMO news.