Seattle, WA / August 6, 2020 / Federal Court Order Extends Temporary Restraining Order on Seattle Crowd Control Ordinance
SIGACTS/SITREP: City of Seattle officials and the US Department of Justice agreed to extend a temporary restraining order that prevented the implementation of a Seattle City Council ordinance banning the use of tear gas and other crowd control devices. The restraining order is extended through September 18, 2020, and the judge overseeing the case said he would entertain a motion to convert the current restraining order into an injunction if the Justice Department files for the injunction by August 27, 2020.
RECOMMENDATION: There is a potential risk of widespread property damage in Seattle if the temporary restraining order expires on September 18, 2020. Reactionary demonstrations against the police department (specifically at West and East Precincts) and the federal courthouse in downtown Seattle are likely if an injunction is granted to prevent the city council’s ordinance from taking effect.