SEATTLE, WASHINGTON / 25 JUL 2020 / Federal judge blocks ordinance banning police anti-riot gear 

SIGACT: On 24 JUL 2020, U.S. District Judge James Robart granted a temporary restraining order to block a City of Seattle ordinance which banned the use of crowd control weapons. The ordinance would have gone into effect on 26 JULY 2020 and Seattle Chief of Police Carmen Best warned Seattle City Council that the ordinance would prevent law enforcement from being able “to safely intercede to preserve property in the midst of a large, violent crowd.”


RECOMMENDATION:  The temporary restraining order will expire on 7 AUGUST 2020 unless the court extends it, or the City of Seattle agrees to an extension. Violent demonstrators will likely be emboldened, and the risk of widespread property damage will increase significantly when the temporary restraining order expires on 7 AUGUST 2020. Continue to avoid Downtown Seattle and use increased caution in the City of Seattle after 7 AUGUST 2020 if the temporary restraining order expires.

SOURCES: 

Dom Calicchio, Federal judge blocks Seattle council’s law banning police anti-riot gear, https://www.foxnews.com/politics/federal-judge-blocks-seattle-councils-law-banning-police-anti-riot-gear, 25 JUL 2020

Stephanie Klein, Seattle police chief warns council of ban on crowd control tools ahead of weekend, https://mynorthwest.com/2042993/seattle-police-chief-warns-council-crowd-control-ban/, 25 JUL 2020

Chief Carmen Best, Letter to City Council Regarding Council Ordinance 119805 – Crowd Control Tools, https://spdblotter.seattle.gov/2020/07/23/letter-to-city-council-regarding-council-ordinance-119805-crowd-control-tools-%ef%bb%bf/, 25 JUL 2020

Seattle City Council, Council Bill 119805, http://clerk.seattle.gov/search/council-bills/119805, 25 JUL 2020