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Group on Capitol Hill causes significant property damage, starts fire

Broken windows in the Capitol Hill area after a protest Wednesday. (KIRO Radio/Hanna Scott)

At 9 p.m. Wednesday, a group gathered in Cal Anderson Park as part of a “Call for Direct Action” event, calling to defund the police. The group continued to march through Capitol Hill, in what KIRO Radio’s Hanna Scott reports started as chanting and marching but left a path of destruction in its wake.

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The Seattle Police Department says it was a group of about 150, which later “roamed about” the Capitol Hill neighborhood, “doing massive amounts of property damage, looting, shooting fireworks, and committing arson.”

Some individuals broke the windows of a business on East Olive Way and started a fire inside. Seattle Fire extinguished the fire.

Windows at many other businesses in the area were broken. A few individuals broke in to the businesses and took merchandise. At one store, the merchandise was put in the middle of the street where it was later lit on fire. Two banks were also damaged in the area of Summit and Madison.

SPD said the group returned to Cal Anderson Park and then dispersed.

There were no arrests made, and no officers were injured.

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