Tactical forces on standby in Seattle, only to be deployed in case of violence
UPDATED 12:45 PM PT — Friday, July 24, 2020
Federal agents have been sent to Seattle, Washington ahead of expected demonstrations this weekend. According to reports, the team will be similar to those who ensured safety in Portland.
This followed conflicting information from the Department of Homeland Security, which earlier confirmed with Mayor Jenny Durkan that troops were not being sent.
The increased federal presence comes amid growing violence and looting in the city. Reports detailed how a group of nearly 150 rioters vandalized and destroyed properties earlier this week.
The USA is under attack: again riots & violence, far-Lefts are destroying properties in Seattle. pic.twitter.com/eQzNA6jalZ
— Nora Armstrong?? (@NoraVerystrong) July 20, 2020
The state’s governor has said he hopes a federal presence will not make matters worse.
“The federal government needs not to inflame the situation. We all want to have peace and we want peaceful protests, which are legitimate and important in this moment. But we don’t want to see things that would make the thing worse and throw gasoline on a fire.” – Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington
Agents explained they will remain on standby as long as protesters keep things peaceful. They will work with local law enforcement to ensure safety is a top priority.