This photo, posted by kasamaproject.org, is said to depict the aftermath of the raid on a Seattle apartment tied to members of the Occupy movement. (PHOTO: KasamaProject)

Police serve warrant in May Day investigation

A SWAT team descended on an apartment connected to members of the Occupy movement early Tuesday morning, looking for evidence in the continued investigation into May Day protests, the Seattle Police Department said Tuesday.

Just before 6:00 a.m., police served a search warrant at the residence in the 1100 Block of 29th Avenue South. Police described the four occupants as "cooperative."

Unconfirmed accounts of the raid, as released by Occupy Seattle, describe a chaotic scene that involved officers "breaking down the door," "holding drawn tactical rifles, "yelling over a loudspeaker," and using a flash bang grenade.

Occupants of the residence claim police handed them a copy of the search warrant, which they say stated that detectives were specifically looking for "anarchist materials."

According to an article posted by Kasama, a website and self-described "communism project" that has ties to the Occupy movement, police seized "basic stuff," which included a zip-up sweater, one glove, a blue beanie and a pink scarf.

Police posted on the Seattle Police Blotter that the search "resulted in evidence that will be useful in the investigation."

Contacted by 97.3 KIRO FM, an Occupy Seattle spokesperson, who also lives at the residence but was not home during the raid, says those who were involved would speak to their lawyers before making a statement to the media.

A person described in the Kasama article as a neighbor and witness to the incident, Natalio Perez, calls himself a "revolutionary" for the Kasama Project on his Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Police Department has stated that the investigation into the May Day protests will continue and there may be more search warrants in the future.

Detectives ask that those with information about the protest contact SPD's May Day tip line at (206) 233-2666 or MayDay2012@Seattle.gov.

Brandi Kruse, KIRO Radio Reporter
Brandi Kruse is a reporter for KIRO Radio who is as spontaneous and adventurous in her free time as she is on the job. Brandi arrived at KIRO Radio in March 2011 and has already collected three regional Edward R. Murrow awards for her reporting.
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