Black Lives Matter protesters take to the streets of Seattle
SEATTLE, Wash. — Black Lives Matter protesters marched through downtown Seattle around noon Friday as part of an annual demonstration on Black Friday.
Protesters gathered to demand justice for African-Americans killed by police officers.
This is the fourth consecutive year Seattle played host to a Black Lives Matter march on Black Friday, the day that’s become synonymous with retailers offering once-a-year deals to entice holiday shoppers.
A few hundred protesters marched down Pine Street before turning north on First Avenue. The predominantly white crowd of protesters were chanting and holding up signs against racism.
Many of the protesters were also wearing NFL quarterback-turned-activist Collin Kaepernick jerseys. At one point, marchers attempted to head down Stewart Street to Pike Place Market, but Seattle Police bicycle officers blocked the intersection and forced them back toward downtown.
After being diverted by police, the marchers made their way back to Westlake Center, where they formed a human chain that blocked entrance to the southern end of the mall. They continued to chant while a line of SPD officers served as a buffer between them and the shopping center doors.
Eventually protesters left as families filled the park outside the mall to watch the lighting of a large Christmas tree.