SPD preparing to abandon East Precinct if necessary

Jun 8, 2020, 3:49 PM | Updated: Jun 9, 2020, 1:54 pm

east precinct...

Seattle protesters at the East Precinct on Capitol Hill. (KIRO Radio, Hanna Scott)

(KIRO Radio, Hanna Scott)

A source has confirmed to KIRO Radio that preparations are underway to secure the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct building in the Capitol Hill neighborhood in the event that it needs to be abandoned.

Seattle police union demands elected officials condemn violence toward officers

The East Precinct is near 11th and Pine, where protesters have gathered every day for nearly two weeks. Any valuable items will be removed from the precinct.

Mike Solan, president of SPOG, spoke to media Monday morning outside the East Precinct and workers could be seen boarding up the windows of the building in the background.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said the department is taking all safety precautions for the facility. She added that the deployment and footprint in Capitol Hill on Monday night will be different.

The SPD wants to protect the precinct facility and allow protesters their right to free speech. According to SPD, the streets surrounding the East Precinct will be reopened, allowing demonstrators to march on Capitol Hill. The building will remain staffed.

Best said she is looking forward to a night of peaceful protests.

“We don’t want to be the center of the story,” she said.

Anything considered sensitive will be removed from the precinct area, according to Best. She said this is the first time they’ve tried to protect the facility in this fashion.

“We will meet peace with peace,” Best added.

MyNorthwest News

Photo: Ultrasound of Akenji's baby. Akenji is a gorilla at the Woodland Park Zoo....

Julia Dallas

Woodland Park Zoo shares ultrasound pictures of popular animal for the first time

For the first time in its 125-year history, the Woodland Park Zoo has shared ultrasound pictures of this animal.

11 hours ago

Photo: A Washington State ferry pulls up to the dock on March 29, 2020 in Edmonds, Washington....

Julia Dallas

Why were Washington ferries out of service this weekend?

It's been a tough Memorial Day weekend for those using Washington ferries as many travelers have been faced with cancellations.

14 hours ago

Photo: Seattle detectives are looking for a vehicle involved in a deadly hit-and-run that happened ...

Julia Dallas

Seattle detectives looking for vehicle involved in deadly hit-and-run

Seattle detectives are looking for a vehicle involved in a deadly hit-and-run that happened in the Denny Triangle neighborhood Friday.

14 hours ago

Photo: Seattle police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened in Pioneer Square....

Julia Dallas

Seattle officers investigate deadly shooting

Police are investigating a deadly Seattle shooting that happened Saturday around 11:15 p.m. in Pioneer Square.

17 hours ago

Photo: King County deputies are searching for this suspect in connection to an assault on a Sound T...

Louie Tran, KIRO 7 News

King County deputies search for suspect in connection to Sound Transit light rail attack

King County deputies are searching for a woman in connection to an assault on a Sound Transit light rail on April 21.

17 hours ago

Image:A portrait of Officer Vancouver Police Department officer Donald Sahota is displayed as he is...

The Associated Press

Man convicted of murder in death of Vancouver police officer shot by deputy

A Yakima man was found guilty of murder for his role in the death of a Vancouver police officer who was shot by a sheriff's deputy in error.

2 days ago

SPD preparing to abandon East Precinct if necessary