BLM Protesters To Receive $10 Million From Seattle Officials

Although Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters tore down Seattle, Washington, in 2020 by setting buildings on fire and stealing shoes from Foot Locker in the name of “racial justice,” Seattle officials recently agreed to provide some of the individuals with $10 million as part of a lawsuit alleging police brutality during the 2020 protests. 

City officials agreed to settle a lawsuit brought forth by more than 50 BLM protesters, alleging injuries resulting from police confrontations during the 2020 riots following longtime criminal George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Seattle Attorney Ann Davison pointed out that it was better to provide the protesters with monetary compensation instead of allowing their lawsuit to continue, given the ongoing legal fees associated with it.

“This decision was the best financial decision for the City considering risk, cost, and insurance,” Davidson said. “The case has been a significant drain on the time and resources of the City and would have continued to be so through an estimated three-month trial that was scheduled to begin in May.” 

Despite the destruction caused by BLM protesters in 2020, which totaled billions of dollars in damages, many of the rioters were never charged for their crimes, unlike the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol protesters, who are facing lengthy prison sentences at the hands of the weaponized Department of Justice (DOJ). 

The agreement to pay the BLM protesters a whopping $10 million comes after the Seattle Times reported on the growing criticism against the Seattle Police Department’s response to the 2020 riots. 

“The Seattle Police Department has been sharply criticized for its violent and over-the-top response to the protests stemming from Floyd’s May 2020 murder by Minneapolis police … Seattle officers indiscriminately deployed tear gas, blast balls and pepper spray into crowds of mostly peaceful protesters,” the outlet claimed. 

The Seattle Times pointed out some of the injuries that the protesters faced, including a woman who suffered a heart attack resulting from a blast-ball strike in her chest. 

“[D]ozens of others … suffered permanent hearing loss, broken bones, concussion, wounds, bruising and emotional damage” from alleged misconduct in the Seattle Police Department, the legal team for the rioters claimed.