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Thursday night protests turn destructive on Capitol Hill

Protesters on Capitol Hill Thursday night. (KIRO 7 TV)

Fires were set on Capitol Hill after protests turned violent on Seattle streets for a second night between Thursday and Friday.

Protests have erupted across the country following a Kentucky grand jury’s decision on Wednesday not to bring any charges directly related to the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

Overnight, protesters converged once again on Capitol Hill, where the area was rocked by consistent demonstrations for weeks over the summer.

Around 11 p.m. Thursday, police moved in on protesters outside the east precinct on Capitol Hill after they moved multiple trash cans into the intersection at 12th Avenue and Pine Street and then lit them on fire, along with garbage and debris. Bikes and scooters available for rent were also set on fire.

On streams of the protest, police appeared to make several arrests, including a reporter for Converge Media. Unlike Wednesday night, though, police did not provide hour-to-hour updates on Twitter as Thursday’s protest unfolded, nor was arrest information published after the fact.

The scene was similar to what happened Wednesday night when protesters ran through the streets setting fires.

That demonstration was declared a riot by police after explosives were thrown, property was damaged and multiple officers were hurt, according to officers. Police say 13 people were arrested Wednesday.

Protesters were accused of using extreme violence against officers and protesters say police have used excessive force.

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