Some are referring to protests in Oakland, Portland and Seattle that turned violent between law enforcement and anarchists as clashes. However, while violence between the two groups may be considered as such, however, physical assaults on the media, police and the destruction and property as if one is suddenly possessed is a riot.
— Trapper Byrne (@trapperbyrne) May 2, 2015
@SFGate Weasel words from Chief Whent: "The crowd was also larger and “angrier than we had expected,”
— Arthur Brady (@Arthur99100) May 2, 2015
Only a freaking anarchist would heart getting tased, flash banged, tear gassed and such.
— Joe Anybody (@iamjoeanybody) May 2, 2015
— Sally Ramirez (@SallyKGW) May 2, 2015
Police pepper spray demonstrators as things get heated. *Warning, profanity. pic.twitter.com/MGKQSXKaUr
— Mark Hanrahan (@mark_hanrahan) May 2, 2015
— caesar ursic (@cmursic) May 2, 2015
— Jeffrey Geiger (@jeffgeigercr) May 2, 2015
— Dax (@AnonDCC) May 2, 2015
As expected, Seattle’s May Day protest morphed into a riot when anarchists/THUGS began overturning dumpsters, throwing bricks and wielding a variety of weapons thus forcing law enforcement to clamp down quickly on the THUGS.
Law enforcement, some on bikes, others not deployed flash bangs and tear gas.
The chaos resulted with the arrest of more than a dozen protesters, two dozen vehicles trashed and three officers injured.
The difference between Baltimore mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is that Murray made it clear that Seattle’s police would “work to protect people and property.”
Instead Baltimore’s mayor supposedly ordered her police department to stand down as rioters created chaos and destroyed property.
— Fernando M. O. (@FernandoQ13Fox) May 2, 2015
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) May 2, 2015
Seattle, May 2. Protests diminished. Some miffed people at Starbucks demanded two pumps of vanilla, only got one. #MayDaySea
— Angry Seattle (@angryseattle) May 2, 2015
— Coral Garnick (@CoralGarnick) May 2, 2015
— Annie Mae (@anniemae1000) May 2, 2015
— el Sooper ن (@SooperMexican) May 2, 2015
— Thomas Brock (@Q13FoxNews_Tom) May 2, 2015
— KillerBunnyFooFoo (@PolitiBunny) May 2, 2015