City of Seattle Engages with Capitol Hill Organized Protest to make Safety Changes

The Capitol Hill Organized Protest has emerged as a gathering place where community members can demand change of their local, state, and federal government. Capitol Hill and Cal Anderson Park have long been a gathering place for justice. While there have been inaccurate and misleading depictions of the CHOP from… [ Keep reading ]

New Guidance: Mayor Durkan Urges Symptomatic Demonstrators to Be Tested at New Citywide Testing Sites in North and South Seattle

(June 12, 2020) – Results are in from UW Medicine and out of 3,000 tests fewer than 1% were positive.To our knowledge and based on volunteered information, there is no evidence so far of people testing positive for COVID-19 from attending protests in Seattle. Let’s make room for people who… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Signs Executive Order to Activate Body-Worn Camera Recording During Demonstrations

Turning on Body-Worn Camera Video Recording During Demonstrations Was an Initial Request from Community Groups and Protestors Seattle(June 10, 2020) – Mayor Jenny A. Durkan on Monday issued an Executive Order requiring the Chief of Police to make an interim policy change directing Seattle Police Department (SPD) officers assigned to… [ Keep reading ]

City Takes Steps to Create Safe Place for Peaceful Demonstrations

SEATTLE –Lastnight’sdecision to takedown the barricades and allowprotesters to freely move in and around Capitol Hill was an important step in the City’s efforts to lead with de-escalation and rebuildcommunity trust.The City is committed to creating a safe space for peaceful demonstrations,and willalsotakesteps tominimizeproperty damageor potential injuries.Prior to theplannedevents on… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Bold Action to Deliver 500 Permanent Homes in Response to COVID-19 Public Health Crisis

Office of HousingAcceleratesFundingand Alternative Construction MethodtoSupportLong-term Solution to Homelessness, Which Disproportionally Impacts People of Color Seattle  (June10, 2020) –Mayor Jenny A. Durkan announced that the City of SeattleOffice of Housingis taking bold action to create 500 newpermanent supportive housing unitsthrough alternative construction, reducingsignificantly the costs and timeline.Thisinitiative willleverage Seattle’s expertisein… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Issues Statement on Operational Updates at East Precinct

Seattle(June 8, 2020) – In an effort to proactively de-escalate interactions between protestors and law enforcement outside the East Precinct, Chief Best and the Seattle Police Department officers have removed barricades surrounding the East Precinct while safely securing the facility. In addition, the Seattle Fire Department has several apparatus stationed… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Announces Public Safety and Crowd Management Policy Changes Following Meetings with Demonstrations Organizers and Community Leaders

Seattle(June7, 2020)–Mayor Jenny A. Durkan was joined by Police Chief Carmen Best to announce new measuresthataddress public safety and crowd management at demonstrations,followingmeetingswith leaders from the Black community andleaders of demonstrations.You can viewher full remarkshere. For thepast week, Mayor Durkan and Chief Best havecleared schedules tomeet with leadersof the Black… [ Keep reading ]

Transcript: Mayor Durkan’s Remarks at Sunday, June 7 Press Conference

Seattle(June 7, 2020) – Today, Mayor Durkanheld a press conferencewith Chief of Police Carmen Best to provide an update on recent demonstrations and policy and operational changes at the Seattle Police Department. The Mayor’s remarks as delivered are below: Good evening and thank you for joining us today. I also… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Jenny Durkan Announces Free Citywide Testing in Partnership with UW Medicine

City will lease two formeremissionstesting sites to provide up to1,600 tests per day PHSKC and Mayor Durkanencouragesindividuals protesting tobe testedif you have been in contact with people who are ill with COVID-19, oryou areexperiencing symptoms SEATTLE(June4,2020) –Following King County’sapplicationto advance to a modified phase one in Governor Inslee’supdated “Safe StartWashington”… [ Keep reading ]

Mayor Durkan Will Be Terminating Citywide Curfew Effective Immediately

Seattle(June 3, 2020) – After meeting with community leaders today, Mayor Jenny A. Durkan and Chief Carmen Best announced that the citywide curfew will end effective immediately. The curfew was originally recommended by the Seattle Police Department as a way to aid in crowd control and preserve public safety after… [ Keep reading ]