Seattle rioters threw bottles and bricks at police; smashed and tagged property; and attacked reporters and other civilians in unrest that left three officers injured. Police Chief Chris Fowler declared Friday evening that the situation had “turned into a riot.”
Obama’s silence on the mayhem in one of North America’s most progressive cities contrasted with his loquacity earlier in the week, when the president as well as his staff spoke at length after Baltimore erupted in destructive but non-lethal rioting.
“We’ve seen too many instances,” the president announced Tuesday, “of what appears to be police officers interacting with individuals — primarily African-American and often poor — in ways that raise troubling questions.”
But he provided no such context for Friday’s confrontation between Seattle police and a crowd of largely white anarcho-syndicalists. White House pool reporters did not ask the president about the violence in the Emerald City, and the White House has not issued a statement.