Ross to "anarchists": "I'm sorry for blaming you. It was really a secretary"on May 3, 2012 @ 11:01 am (Updated: 6:42 pm - 5/3/12 )
Police carry off a handcuffed protester, Tuesday, May 1, 2012, during May Day protests in downtown Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
In the wake of this week's May Day vandalism spree and clashes with police in downtown Seattle, Ross and Burbank co-host Dave Ross is issuing an apology to those he blamed for the trouble.
"I guess if anybody needs to apologize it's me because I was implying that most of the ne'er do wells were anarchists from Oregon. And so far not a single person from Oregon has been brought up before the court," Ross says about the first May Day protesters arrested and appearing in court this week.
The group includes an ER tech, an art student, a barista and a 23-year old man who works as a secretary at his father's downtown Seattle law firm.
"That's one hell of an anarchist," says co-host Luke Burbank. "That's exactly the kind of pathetic people we are dealing with here. I don't mean the protesters in general or people fighting for workers rights. I mean this small number of people who were bashing up windows who also work as secretaries in their father's law firm."
The secretary is accused of throwing a bottle at an officer and faces assault and riot charges.
The others are also charged with assault stemming from confrontations with police during the May Day protests.
"They were trying to take the system down from the inside...like one day you were going to get that coffee from that barista but she was going to write something on that cup that was like 'revolt now' and you were going to see that and your life was going to change," jokes Burbank.
"I hope that they throw the book at these people because they didn't just fail to make a coherent political point they ruined something for a bunch of other people," Burbank says.
"It makes no sense...this is Seattle where every single cause gets its time in the sunshine. Do we suppress any point of view in this city?" responds Ross. "You want to demonstrate, just fill out the permit. 'How can we help you? Which streets can we close for you?'"
Josh Kerns, My Northwest.com Editor
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