Response to Recent Protest Actions

The Seattle Police Officer’s Guild has reviewed the video involving our officers handling a recent protest in downtown Seattle. The officers involved did a remarkable job in a very tense and difficult situation. The officers were dealing with a group of individuals who wear masks at protests to disguise their identities and have a long history of violent actions. The officers, who were understaffed, acted with courage, restraint and bravery while enforcing the law. The officer’s actions kept a volatile situation from getting out of hand and in so doing protected the public. SPOG is disappointed that the matter was referred to the Office of Police Accountability for review. The OPA is charged with investigating serious acts of misconduct. The officers involved in this incident did not engage in any misconduct whatsoever.