Seattle Protests Declared a Riot by Police as They Use Pepper Spray on Demonstrators

Police and protesters clashed in Seattle on Saturday as authorities declared a riot following large demonstrations and deployed flash bangs and pepper spray to try to clear crowds.

The unrest came after a week of rallies further down the US West Coast in Portland, Oregon, over racial injustice and the presence of federal agents sent by President Donald Trump showed no signs of abating.

In footage from Seattle shared on social media by journalist Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr, police are seen charging forward and using pepper spray on retreating protesters.

Authorities made more than 40 arrests and said 21 officers suffered mostly minor injuries.

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