Occupy Seattle statement adds details on SWAT raid

SWAT armed with automatic weapons forced their way through this door.

Occupy Seattle released the following statement, which adds details to a press release from earlier today. The press release was reported on Central District News.

The police statement said:

"The search resulted in evidence that will be useful in the investigation. "

Meanwhile here is what this Occupy statement says the police took:

"A zip-up sweater, one glove, a blue beanie, a pink scarf, a few flyers (one from a book release party for a book on Occupy)."

"This is stuff that would be in the house of any activist or even people who just come to events now and then.”

Occupy Seattle Press Statement July 10, 2010

Early morning, June 10, SWAT police forced their way into the Seattle apartment of several organizers from the Occupy movement. The sleeping individuals, two residents and two visitors, scrambled to put on clothes as they were confronted by officers holding drawn tactical rifles.

The neighbor, Natalio Perez heard the attack from downstairs: “Suddenly we heard a loud crash which was, I guess, them breaking down the door, and then right after I heard what must have been the flash bang grenade and a lot of yelling over a loudspeaker. I heard them go up the stairs and then there was just a lot of crashing and stomping as they tore the place apart.”

After the raid, the residents examined the papers handed them by a detective. One explained: “This warrant notes that they were specifically looking for ‘anarchist materials’—this says to me that it’s an explicitly political thing. That we are not being raided for connection to any crime, but to some political ideology that the police think we have. I was just doing research on the old Pinkerton strikebreaking paramilitaries, so it’s kind of funny, you know, to have that old red scare history burst through my front door at six AM.”

This action targets well known activists from Occupy Seattle who have recently been involved with anti-police brutality organizing, actions against the juvenile detention center and the weekly Food for Everyone free barbecue in the Central District.

“They took basic stuff,” another resident said. “A zip-up sweater, one glove, a blue beanie, a pink scarf. They took a few flyers we had, one from a book release party for a book on Occupy.

This is stuff that would be in the house of any activist or even people who just come to events now and then.”

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