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May 30, 2020
X

"...another officer about six feet away raised and fired a weapon at him – presumably a rubber bullet/baton round – striking X in the abdomen."

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May 30, 2020
JK

"Suddenly and without provocation, the police began to throw/fire projectiles into the crowd and pepper sprayed protesters in the face, causing panic within the crowd. "

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May 30, 2020
AC

"Music started playing, appearing to be transmitted from SPOG headquarters. It was a country music song, Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy."

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May 30, 2020
NG

"There is a new element of trepidation, anxiety, and fear to my experience of being a journalist."

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May 30, 2020
AW_2

"I personally and physically experienced what it felt like to have police violence literally choke me to a point where I was uncertain if I would remain conscious."

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May 30, 2020
AE_2

"The light and sound emitted from weapons the SPD was using made me feel like I was back in Afghanistan again."

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May 30, 2020
GG

"GG raised her hands in front of her. She was then thrown to the ground while multiple officers piled on top of her. Officers kneeled on her back and limbs. "

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May 30, 2020
MH

"an officer threw an explosive device, striking MH in the hand."

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May 31, 2020
AI

"I did not have a pulse. I understand that volunteer medics rushed to my assistance and started chest compressions to bring me back to life."

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June 1, 2020
YSV

"I have witnessed SPD targeting wounded protesters on multiple occasions."

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June 1, 2020
MTK

"I do not know what caused the police to start pepper spraying the protesters, so I imagine I would have no way of knowing"

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June 1, 2020
DA

"Once we left the garage, my wife squirted breast milk into our son’s eyes, as she had heard that milk can help with tear gas.."

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June 1, 2020
GH

"I am terrified that the police will again deploy tear gas and that I will not be able to get away from my apartment safely."

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June 1, 2020
SW

"SW retreated home and as he was about 20 feet from his door an officer pepper spray him directly in his eyes."

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June 1, 2020
DP

"Other protesters were around him also running, shouting “rubber bullets” as DP could hear the police firing their weapons. "

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June 2, 2020
GC

"GC choked on the gas as it burned their throat, eyes, and skin. "

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June 2, 2020
MJ

"an SPD officer advanced on her and kicked at her chest, hitting a plywood sign she was holding, causing the sign to swing against her legs and severely bruise her shin"

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June 6, 2020
AE

"The light and sound emitted from weapons the SPD was using made me feel like I was back in Afghanistan again."

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June 6, 2020
GH_2

"I am terrified that the police will again deploy tear gas and that I will not be able to get away from my apartment safely."

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June 6, 2020
Sara Anderson

"the SPD indiscriminately began dropping flash bangs, tear gas canisters, and firing rubber bullets from the rooftop of the building"

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June 6, 2020
NF

"... flashbacks to the trauma of his experience growing up in Iran, specifically the military in the streets and the oppression of protesters at the hands of police. "

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June 7, 2020
GM

"Without warning, law enforcement began firing projectiles at us and deploying a chemical agent that I believe was pepper spray."

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June 7, 2020
GW

"GW attempted to follow the order, but was confused about where to disperse, as the police did not direct the crowd."

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June 7, 2020
AC

"One of the officers pepper sprayed me in the face from approximately 1 foot away. This can be seen at 0:53 in the video."

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June 7, 2020
JH

"JH was arrested and told he “hit an officer” with his bike and “resisted arrest.” JH was booked and held for about 18 hours. "

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June 7, 2020
DG

"Mr. Fernandez reached for his gun and shot DG. "

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June 7, 2020
JP

"JP was clearly visible as media – he had his front “media” tassel, as well as a labeled hat and backpack. "

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June 7, 2020
LH

"...one of the many blast balls exploded on LH’s pelvic region – melting the jeans she was wearing and causing flesh wounds and heavy bruising. "

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June 7, 2020
MT

"MT ran around a corner to a medical tent to seek treatment, but the police followed her and sprayed the tent with tear gas"

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June 8, 2020
CBB

"Even journalists from larger news organizations who are equipped with gas. masks do not feel safe reporting from the ground—which is why they have been sheltering with us in our offices."

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June 8, 2020
EF

"Without warning, as he stood about 50 feet from the nearest policeman, an officer launched a blast ball at him."

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June 25, 2020
DT

"I can’t think of a better way to describe the Seattle Police Department’suse of force than “unhinged.”

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July 25, 2020
AA

"We were protesting, but we were not aggressive or violent. It was a sudden conflict provoked by the police for no reason."

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July 25, 2020
Anonymous_2

"Throughout the march, police were firing projectiles and explosives indiscriminately into the crowd with no warning or clear objective."

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July 25, 2020
YS_2

" I genuinely thought I might die."

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July 25, 2020
IG

"IG attempted to use a sandwich board from a nearby hotdog stand as a shield to protect protesters from the constant barrage. "

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July 25, 2020
AR

"A projectile hit AR’s knee which had been previously injured. This forced him to the ground and blood began to seep down his leg."

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July 25, 2020
JM

"I posed no threat. I was not breaking anything, hurting anybody, or threatening the police. But they still shot me in my leg for no reason."

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July 25, 2020
CC

"With no warning, the cops began throwing flash bangs and pepper balls at us."

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July 25, 2020
KM

"We had to use so much saline to flush her eyes out that her shirt and pants became completely drenched."

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July 25, 2020
CM

"He told us that the police had pulled his goggles off as they maced him in the face. This news chilled me to the bone."

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July 25, 2020
DL

"I am afraid that the police violence could kill me. The chemical weapons the Seattle Police Department has used against protesters could trigger a deadly asthma attack."

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July 25, 2020
MEH

"I can't describe the emotions that ran through me when I saw my daughter fall after getting hit by shrapnel from SPD's projectiles"

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July 25, 2020
RS_2

"As long as the police continue to brutalize Seattleites, the people of this City will protest. And as long as they continue to protest, it seems that they will be brutalized."

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July 25, 2020
KF

" It seemed like the police wanted to attack us. They seemed angry and fixated on hurting us; it was like they wanted to provoke a reaction from the crowd so that they could retaliate"

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July 25, 2020
Anonymous_3

"I watched SPD use hand-held pepper spray to mace the Wall of Moms as they moved to the front of the crowd."

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July 25, 2020
SS

"It is difficult to give an estimate of how many blast bombs were thrown at the group because of the sheer frequency of them going off."

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July 25, 2020
CA

"I had carried bear mace before on hikes and thought about how terrible I would feel if I had ever used it on a wild animal."

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July 25, 2020
AO

"Police threw the flashbang grenades seemingly at random. "

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July 25, 2020
CH

"Suddenly, an SPD officer directed a long stream of OC spray at CH’s face."

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July 25, 2020
JC

I rushed to her side, and an officer hit me twice on the arm with a baton.

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July 25, 2020
AW

"The force used by SPD has led me to dress differently for protests and I now bring protective gear, including goggles, a helmet, and earplugs"

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July 25, 2020
RK

"It seemed like the officers were trying to get them to run."

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July 25, 2020
RW

"I also saw a police officer escalate tensions by walking forward to forcefully snatch away a protester’s umbrella for no apparent reason and smash it."

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July 25, 2020
EB

"I kept repeating, “Please, let me do my job. I’m a nurse. Let me treat them. Let me do my job. Please.”"

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July 25, 2020
Jacob “Jake” Koenigsberg

"Neither SPD nor King County took photographs of his arrest related injuries. Jake was not provided food for over 12 hours of detention."

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July 25, 2020
EL

"A jail guard slammed his head into the surface of a desk, breaking his two front teeth"

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July 25, 2020
TVM

"Multiple officers piled on top of her back, pinning her face down, and at least one officer kneeled on her neck with intense pressure. "

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July 25, 2020
CP

"He asked to speak to an attorney repeatedly and was repeatedly told he would not be allowed a phone call. "

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July 25, 2020
JB

"No instructions or warnings were given before the grenades started going off."

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July 25, 2020
CB

"With no apparent provocation, the police began using munitions on the crowd-I believe flash bangs"

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July 25, 2020
SB

"Flash bangs were rolled toward us, and one detonated approximately 12 inches from my foot."

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July 25, 2020
SL

"Without any warning and without any order to disperse, police started using some kind of chemical gas and people started running."

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July 25, 2020
JB_2

"I posed no threat. I was not breaking anything, hurting anyone, or threatening the police."

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July 25, 2020
Anonymous

"Amidst the chaos, I saw police officers shoot rubber bullet rounds at protesters."

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July 25, 2020
CM

officers, without providing any warning, began indiscriminately throwing blast balls and flash bangs into tight groups of people.

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July 25, 2020
JW

Police targeted us with blast balls, firing them directly at us, even as I and others shouted “Media, media.”

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July 25, 2020
RR

"I was so shocked by the police officer’s actions that I had to watch the video several times to confirm that what I had experienced actually happened."

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July 25, 2020
JM_2

"The police were throwing blast balls deep into the crowd, indiscriminately. They were not just throwing them at the front."

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July 25, 2020
AC

"I moved to get between her and the police and told them that she was moving, and that she was wearing a brace. An officer responded, “then maybe she shouldn’t be here.”

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July 25, 2020
MKT

"I was not doing anything to deserve being targeted with violence. I was only demonstrating at a protest against police brutality, and for doing so, I was met with police brutality."

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July 25, 2020
SK

"Every grenade thrown at protesters exploded near hundreds of people, with shrapnel hitting any protester in the vicinity."

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July 25, 2020
KMD

"He was unconscious and intubated for about 24 hours at the hospital. "

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August 16, 2020
NF

"When NF reported the injury to the jail nurse, the nurse did not examine NF’s arm and failed to detect what medical providers later found: that NF’s arm was broken. "

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August 26, 2020
MF

"I’m only concerned for my safety when the police are present and I feel much safer when no police are present."

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August 26, 2020
JS

"I saw many people hesitate, confused about what they were supposed to be doing, only to get maced for not complying quickly enough."

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August 26, 2020
JW_2

"SPD threw explosives at us indiscriminately. Things were exploding at our feet, even though none of us were damaging property or doing anything to threaten anyone’s safety."

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September 7, 2020
EGR

“Were the police shooting at me?” he asked. We assured him they were not, but didn’t hide the truth from him.

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September 7, 2020
AE

"SPD didn’t give us a dispersal order before attacking us, and when we were trying to disperse so we could go home and tend to our injuries, they wouldn’t let us."

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September 7, 2020
MS

"I could see SPD liberally and seemingly indiscriminately spraying pepper spray into the crowd."

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September 7, 2020
SS

"There was absolutely no legitimate reason to shut down our protest or use less lethal weapons against our retreating crowd."

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September 7, 2020
MLH

"The air was so thick with chemicals it looked foggy, even though it had been 5-10 minutes since the police and protesters had walked down that block."

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September 7, 2020
RS

"An officer immediately used some kind of rifle to fire three rounds of rubber bullets into the downed protester at close range."

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September 7, 2020
CK

"Almost immediately, I heard a commotion and saw white smoke go up into the air, and then heard a flashbang, which was deafening."

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September 7, 2020
MS_2

"While some cops were bashing protesters with the bikes, others sprayed mace from as little as 1-2 feet away, directly into people's eyes. Several protesters were incapacitated by this"

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September 7, 2020
ZA

"A blast ball struck ZA left foot and then exploded, knocking her back and injuring her foot."

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September 17, 2020
JR

"The blast ball nicked an artery and JR was hospitalized for several days because the doctors could not stop the bleeding. "

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September 22, 2020
KM_2

"We had only been there a couple of minutes when suddenly and without warning, I saw the female cop throw an explosive right into the intersection and at our group."

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September 22, 2020
CT

"I watched an SPD vehicle drive slowly but then, with seemingly no justification, floor the gas, suddenly, loudly, and menacingly accelerating towards the protesters."

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September 23, 2020
AF

"Someone in the crowd reported that SPD had started firing rubber bullets"

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