Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan was beseeching residents who planned to protest over the weekend to remain peaceful and not "take the bait" from President Donald Trump, who is sending federal agents to multiple cities to combat rising crime. (July 24)
JENNY DURKAN: On Sunday and Wednesday of this week, we saw relatively small groups of individuals who were bent on destruction, caused destruction, start fires and caused damage in downtown Seattle and on Capitol Hill.
Since the beginning of July, we've had many peaceful protests in Seattle with limited incidents. And community and government are working together to transform how we do policing, how we dismantle systemic racism and other inequities, and how we have concrete systemic changes moving forward.
I ask everyone who's protesting this weekend, please do it peacefully. I'd like everyone to please consider their actions particularly in light of the president making good on his threats to send federal forces into American cities.
What is happening is frightening to me. Seeing the type of escalation that has happened in Portland night after night is not good for America. It's not good for any city. To me as a former federal official, it is frightening that you would use federal agents for political purposes.
And we know the president by his own words has stated he is doing that. He is purposely targeting cities run by Democrats. We're better than that as a country. That is not the way we operate. And I'm just urging everybody who hears my words please don't take the bait. Don't buy into it. Be peaceful.