@5: Only if you consider property damage to be violence. It may be frightening, but I don’t breakage of windows to be anywhere near the same class as the causing of physical harm to people. What is one of those big, downtown, storefront windows worth? $5000? $10,000? About what my car was worth when it was stolen and SPD didn’t do a damned thing about it? When someone causes me thousands of dollars of loss of my property, I’m lucky to get a cop to make a report. When someone does so as a an act of political expression against the crooks who sank our economy, the police bring out the batons and pepper spray. My office is in Pioneer Square. I see pedestrian interference every morning when people getting off the ferries keep walking across 1st Avenue against the light. I see it for hours on end when one of the big entertainers down the street has a private event at one of the stadiums. The cops do nothing about the former, and they actually come out and assist the latter. But when traffic is stopped for a few minutes as an act of political expression, they bring out the batons and pepper spray. What am I to conclude from this if not that SPD are actively working to silence political dissent? They are clearly engaging in selective enforcement of the law, selecting to enforce it when the law is violated in an act of political expression.