The Puget Sound Anarchists reported that on the night (about 9:00 p.m.) of February 26th, anarchists dressed in black with masks covering their faces met at the intersection of Boren and Howell in Seattle, Washington. A banner was seen reading “Cops Murder Everywhere, Bite Back!”.
The protest was not publicized generally to effect an element of surprise.
Anarchists painted on walls and on the ground near the intersection. A roller piece was seen in the street reading in big white letters “F#$k the Pigs”. Fences were cut down and thrown into the street. Caution tape was wound around the four poles of the intersection.
The group started out with about 20 anarchists and grew to about 30. At least one luxury car was damaged. Anti-police slogans were sprayed on walls and buildings as the march progressed.
Upon reaching Broadway & John, paint bombs were thrown at an American Apparel, Subway, US Bank, Chase Bank, and a now defunct Bank of America. Several windows were banged on with sticks and other objects but failed to break.
Police arrested three people on suspicion of rioting, pedestrian interference and obstruction.
Boren Avenue and Howell Street is the intersection where Seattle police Officer Ian Birk fatally shot homeless man John T. Williams, a First Nations woodcarver, on Aug. 30, 2010 after he failed to drop a knife. The area was the scene of a September protest.