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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY

SUBJECT: Statement by Mayor Ed Murray

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
5/1/2015  9:42:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Jason Kelly  (206) 615-0494


Statement by Mayor Ed Murray

SEATTLE (May 1, 2015, 9:35 p.m.) – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray released the follow statement this evening:

"Seattle celebrates free speech, the right to assemble and freedom of the press. People are raising their voices across the nation, working constructively to advance issues of racial equity and justice in our society. During this moment in history, peaceful protest and civil disobedience can be effective vehicles of social change. The City of Seattle prepared extensively to protect the rights of peaceful protesters to express their anger at racism and injustice.

"What erupted tonight is a very different story. Tonight we saw assaults on police officers and senseless property damage, which cannot be tolerated. Those who are violent will be arrested. We will work to disperse groups that are threatening the safety of our residents and businesses."

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