News release from the Tukwila Police Department
On 01/28/2017, the Tukwila Police Department along with various other agencies responded to a mutual assistance call by the Port of Seattle Police Department to assist with crowd management for a demonstration which was underway. During the demonstration, no Tukwila officers deployed pepper spray. However, officers assisted with taking several demonstrators into custody and several low level uses of force were reported by officers to command staff. Per our normal protocols, all uses of force are reviewed by the department.
During the course of the demonstration, a traveler with a red suitcase was denied freedom of movement to get to his flight by several individuals who were participating in the demonstration. The traveler was pushed against a wall where he was surrounded by a large group of demonstrators. Approximately six of these demonstrators continued to push and assault the traveler impeding his ability to travel. Upon observing this, officers quickly moved in to stop the assault, detain those involved and safely extract the traveler from the area.