A SHOCKING video shows Seattle Police Department officers being targeted with large explosives during a riot that broke out on Sunday night.
Six officers were hurt in the riot that sprung from an anti-police union demonstration in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood, according to a Seattle Police Department press release on Monday.
The minute-and-a-half long footage, taken from body camera and open source video, shows officers backing off as explosives are set off near them.
As an officer escorts a woman, an explosive goes off near them.
Another loud explosive is thrown near an officer on a bike.
“Multiple explosives were thrown toward officers,” the release states.
Protesters also threw rocks and bottles at officers.
The anti-police union march started around 7pm in the International District with about 100 people and vehicles trailing behind.
They approached the Seattle Police Officer Guild building on the 2900 block of 4th Avenue South and shortly after 10pm, a big explosive was hurled as protesters tried to break a police car window.
As officers moved the demonstration north on 4th Avenue South, a few officers were hit with the explosives and sustained injuries.
Police reinforcements were called to the street and officers used blast balls and OC spray to try to stop the onslaught on them.
The injured officers were treated by Seattle Fire Department personnel.
One officer was transported to a hospital and has been released but has not returned to service.
The riot, as declared by the incident commander, dispersed as the crowd moved north.
Police arrested 18 people and they were booked into the King County Jail.
The department continues to investigate the action.
The riot occurred a week after Seattle leaders approved a proposal to reduce the police department’s budget.
Police Chief Carmen Best—who opposed slashing 100 officers and the annual budget from $400 million to $3 million—then resigned.
“The idea that we’ve worked so incredibly hard to make sure our department was diverse, that (it) reflects the community that we serve, to just turn that all on a dime and hack it off, without having a plan in place to move forward, is highly distressful for me," Best said, according to Fox News.
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