‘Black lives matter — not Black Friday’ protest draws hundreds in Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say hundreds of people marched through the streets and shops of downtown Seattle as part of a Black Lives Matter protest on Black Friday.
Police say they made four arrests and one officer suffered a dislocated shoulder when the crowd interfered with an arrest at the Pacific Place shopping area. The police say about 700 people took part in the demonstration, one of many around the country.
The protesters carried signs with pictures of black men killed by police and demanding an end to such killings. They also chanted that their message was more important than looking for holiday shopping deals, saying “Black lives matter — not Black Friday.”
Last year, police arrested several people during the demonstration, which shut down the Westlake Center shopping mall early and disrupted its tree-lighting event.