Five Seattle Police Officers Hurt As May Day Leftist Protest Turns Violent

Seattle police said late Sunday that five officers were injured after anti-capitalist protesters pelted them with rocks, flares, bricks and Molotov cocktails after a May Day gathering in the city turned violent.

Nine people were arrested and authorities used pepper spray to disperse the crowd. The department said one of the injured officers was treated for a head laceration after being hit by a rock; a second was injured, but not burned after being hit by a Molotov cocktail; and a third was bitten, though it was not immediately clear by whom. Details on the other two officers’ injuries weren’t immediately available.

Q13Fox reported that the demonstrators also broke windows and spray painted buildings and parked cars along downtown streets.

“This is no longer a peaceful march,” Steve Wilske, Seattle Police assistant chief, said in a statement on Twitter and police ordered protesters to disperse.