A video surfaced on Saturday evening that was posted to Instagram by ‘standwithseattlepd’ that showed a snow barricade built by Seattle Antifa to block police officers from responding to emergency calls.
When police tried to pull out of the stall at their station, their car could not drive up and over the 3-foot high snow barrier. More than a dozen Antifa members watched and celebrated ecstatically as seen in the video, jumping up and down with arms raised triumphantly in the air as police were unable to leave and assist those calling for help during a snowstorm.
A confrontation ensued outside the Seattle Police Department’s East Precinct. One officer warned the group: “Do this again and we’ll arrest everyone.”
“Antifa goons blocked the exit of the East Precinct with a pile of snow tonight, in an effort to stop vehicles from responding to emergency calls,” the video poster stated.
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One activist claimed they were “just having a friendly snowball fight here at the EastPrecinct.” Another complained after instigating the confrontation with police: “Cops are being aggressive and violating people’s rights.” That was in response to officers moving the Antifa members away from the blocked exit so they could shovel the snow away and answer calls from those in need.
Author and editor-at-large for The Post Millennial, Andy Ngo, tweeted: “Overnight, #antifa in Seattle gathered to pile snow on one of the driveways of the Seattle Police east precinct (where CHAZ used to be). They stopped police from being able to drive out to respond to calls during the snow storm.”
The Antifa group was informed by an officer that they “cannot block police from exiting a police vehicle precinct.” The video shows another officer pushing a protester, trying to get the instigator to move away from the snow barricade. That action was immediately met with cries of “stop touching her” and “we’re literally not blocking your building.”
The police, for the most part, did not react to being harassed by the mob. Even when Antifa radicals got in their face and taunted them.
Though there was shouting back and forth between the police and the protesters. And there was a great deal of profanity and blustering by the Antifa members. The group started chanting “peaceful protest” and a small face-off occurred when an Antifa member on crutches was pushed to get the protester to back off.
In one exchange, an officer offered a sticker to an Antifa member: “You seem a little angry and sad, usually stickers make people feel better,” he said. The protester retorted: “I’m not sad; am I angry? Yes.”
The snow barricade was removed and the officers went back to work. The Antifa members kept on shouting at them from outside the building and throwing snowballs. This was a continuance of the assault by Antifa who also displayed an anti-police/anti-ICE sign.
This is the same precinct that was the focal point of anti-police protests last summer. On August 24, an Alaskan man allegedly attempted to set fire to the station. A month later, rioters tossed Molotov cocktails at the precinct.