N30 2000: Protests Cost Seattly $550,000
- WTO anniversary protests cost Seattle $555,000
Wednesday, December 13, 2000
From The Associated Press
SEATTLE -- World Trade Organization anniversary events cost
the city more than $555,000 in police and firefighter
overtime and other expenses, officials said.
Debate over the effectiveness of police, who made 142
arrests during the protests Nov. 30, arose Monday at a City
Council briefing by Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske and Deputy
Mayor Maud Daudon.
WTO meetings that began Nov. 30, 1999, were disrupted by
demonstrations involving thousands of people. More than 500
people were arrested over several days and property damage
was estimated at $3 million.
About 2,500 people attended a daylong commemoration last
month. The arrests, including three people charged with
felonies, followed isolated incidents in which a police car
was damaged and some protesters threw objects, one of which
may have blinded police Capt. Ron Mochizuki in one eye.
Council members generally said Kerlikowske handled the
anniversary protests far better than his predecessor, Norm
Stamper, had dealt with WTO, but council members Nick Licata
and Judy Nicastro said American Civil Liberties Union
representatives, labor leaders and activists deserved equal
time on the agenda.
Licata said police ordered some protesters to disperse, then
blocked their escape and arrested them.
"We may have a situation where we may not have needed to
arrest so many people," Licata said.
Kerlikowske said one hour and 45 minutes elapsed between the
time of the first dispersal order and the containment and
arrests several blocks away. Anyone who wanted to avoid
arrest had ample opportunity to leave the area.
Licata also complained about the emphasis given to the cost
of policing what was largely a nonviolent protest.
"There is no price tag we put on free speech," he said.
"There is too a price -- Ron Mochizuki is paying it," shot
back Council President Margaret Pageler.
"That is a personal price tag, not a direct result of the
expression of free speech," Licata retorted. "To identify
people who are committing crimes with those who are
expressing free speech, I consider that an insult."
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