Gov. Inslee activates national guard and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan enacts 5:00pm curfew
Governor Inslee has activated 200 men and women members of the Washington State National Guard to assist Seattle Police Department and King County Sheriffs in a and containing destructive protests in Downtown Seattle near Westlake Center.
Rioters have broken windows to several businesses downtown and has looted and damaged portions of the Nordstrom Headquarters. Peaceful protesters have been pushed out by rioters in the last hour. Rioters have been burning skyscraper lobbies as well as Seattle Police Vehicles.
Journalist and broadcasters who are stationed in Seattle and who traveled to the city covering the march have been safely avoiding getting hurt however have been cought with tear gas and flash bangs. There are currently no report of any journalists that are seriously injured.
There are no reports of any serious injured Seattle Police officers, King County Sheriff Officers nor Washington State National Guard members at the moment.
People are marching in downtown Seattle following the death of George Floyd, a black man killed in Minneapolis Monday night while in police custody. The protests started out peaceful Saturday afternoon at Seattle Police Department headquarters, but things escalated when the protesters marched to Westlake Center for a rally. Several Seattle police vehicles have been set on fire at 5th Ave. and Pine Street. The Seattle Fire Department is working to respond to put out the flames. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan says the city will be imposing a 5 p.m. curfew due to the protests getting out of hand.
This is a developing story and will be updated when new information becomes available in our newsroom.