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Unanimous Vote in Favor of May Day Resolution: City Workers Can Now Rally for Immigrant and Workers Rights on May 1 Without Fear of Retaliation

On April 24, 2017, the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a resolution brought forward by the May 1 Action Coalition, the Coalition of City Unions, immigrant rights activists, and me, proclaiming City of Seattle workers have the right to take the day off on May 1, 2017 without retaliation. The resolution further asks that all […]


Councilmember Harrell: “Effective policing at yesterday’s May Day marches”

City of Seattle

Councilmember Bruce A. Harrell

May 2, 2014

Councilmember Harrell: "Effective policing at yesterday's May Day marches"

Seattle - Councilmember Bruce Harrell, chair of the Council's Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee, issued the following statement today regarding the Seattle Police Department's handling of yesterday's May Day protests:

"I would like to express my gratitude to our Seattle Police Department for their professional, effective policing at yesterday's May Day marches. The officers were calm, collected and professional, and the de-escalation techniques I witnessed were conducted with great patience and effectiveness.

"I thank Chief Bailey, Captain Fowler and Assistant Chief McDonough for their smart and reasoned leadership, positive collaboration with regional partners and solid communication. This is clearly a team committed to learning, improving from previous experiences, and performing their duties under the new use of force policies."

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