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Seattle police arrest 10 as protests continue

By Associated Press
Published: July 3, 2020, 9:43am

SEATTLE — Seattle police say they made more arrests Thursday night and Friday morning as demonstrations continue after authorities cleared the city’s “occupied” protest zone earlier this week.

In a statement police say they arrested seven people early Friday near the site of the former “Capitol Hill Protest Area” east of downtown for failure to disperse, assault and harassment. Earlier Thursday night authorities say they arrested three people outside a downtown police precinct on property destruction charges.

The continued unrest comes after police cleared the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” zone Wednesday morning. A group had occupied several blocks around a park for about two weeks after police abandoned a precinct station following standoffs and clashes that were part of the nationwide unrest over the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Mayor Jenny Durkan ordered the area cleared after two recent fatal shootings.

More than 50 people were arrested in connection with protests in Seattle Wednesday and early Thursday.