Seattle, WA / August 8, 2020 / Seattle Area Activists Training for Clashes with Law Enforcement

SIGACTS/SITREP:   Seattle Police radioed that 20-30 Antifa were practicing a phalanx technique in Cal Anderson Park after the technique was successfully used to frustrate law enforcement in Portland, Oregon. BLM and Antifa previously discussed practicing various techniques to directly engage with law enforcement and avoid arrest, and it should be expected that activists will refine their techniques over time.

RECOMMENDATION: If activists successfully prevent law enforcement’s control of demonstrations, there is a potential that violence during demonstrations will increase. Continue to avoid areas with frequent protests and do not engage with mobs if they are encountered in residential areas.