Review critical of Seattle police May Day response

SEATTLE (AP) - An outside review is critical of the Seattle Police Department's planning for last year's violent May Day protests, finding officers were confused about who was in charge and when they could use force.

The Seattle Times reports ( http://is.gd/hQDhXS) that the 62-page report by former Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Michael Hillmann was released Tuesday.

Seattle police also released their own internal review.

Hillmann's report concludes police lost control of the protest for several hours. Most of the thousands of protesters marched peacefully but black-garbed anarchists broke windows, threw fire bombs and vandalized the federal courthouse.

In a statement, Seattle police spokesman Sgt. Sean Whitcomb says the department acknowledges that officers at future demonstrations need to have "clearly defined expectations" as well as appropriate equipment and the training to deliver "effective public safety services."

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Information from The Seattle Times

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com


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