29 arrested in Olympia, 5 in Seattle

  • Fri Apr 9th, 2010 11:00pm
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Associated Press

OLYMPIA — Officers arrested five people during an anti-police march in Seattle, a day after 29 people were taken into custody during a protest in Olympia.

Seattle police spokeswoman Renee Witt said the five were arrested during a march in the Capitol Hill neighborhood Friday afternoon for investigation of crimes ranging from trespassing to inciting a riot.

On Thursday night, 29 people were arrested after an anti-police march in Olympia turned violent. Police Cmdr. Tor Bjornstad said the march involved about three dozen people dressed in black, wearing masks and calling themselves anarchists. The group spray-painted the camera of a photographer for The Olympian newspaper and tried to take the camera and his cell phone. They also broke windows and threw newspaper boxes into the street.

Officers surrounded the group and made the arrests.

Two officers were hit — one in the head and one in the groin — and those two attackers were booked for investigation of felony assault, Bjornstad said.

Two people who attacked the photographer were booked for investigation of assault.

The rest were booked for investigation of riotous conduct and released overnight with charges referred to the prosecutor.

Bjornstad said there was no identifiable group responsible for the demonstration, but most of the marchers were college age. He said it may be related to similar protests in Portland, Ore.