Local House of “Artists” Receives S.W.A.T. Team Raid- Arraignment for Occupiers

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December 28, 2011.

Just hours before Christmas Eve, Seattle S.W.A.T Team surrounded a house in the 1900 block of East Spruce Street, only to find 2 unarmed Occupy Seattleites, who had been given a house key. After hours of lighting up the neighborhood with the shining headlights of 8 squad cars, a team of 15 Seattle S.W.A.T. entered the house with guns drawn and a battering ram. “The door was unlocked,” said Shanti, one of the individuals occupying the home. “No one was armed, everyone was peaceful.”

According to the Seattle Police Department, the raid came in response to a 911 call reporting several male and female subjects had unlawfully entered and occupied the residence. “The key was given to us,” said Cammi, another occupier.

The individuals have identified themselves as participants of Occupy Seattle and artists trying to better the community. The graffiti that was mentioned inside the home was a large mural on the wall, depicting a forest landscape.

The three Occupiers will be arraigned today at 9AM at King County Jail. Two are being charged with Criminal Trespass, and one charged with Weapons Violation. The individual charged with Weapons Violation was arrested on the lawn of the home, not inside, and willingly handed over a small-sized pocket knife before the arrest.

Formed on Oct. 1, 2011, Occupy Seattle is a leaderless movement of concerned Americans who have taken to occupying public spaces in order to focus our nation’s attention on the undue influence of large corporations on our government, elected leaders and our democracy itself. It is inspired by and modeled after the Occupy Wall Street movement.

8 Responses to Local House of “Artists” Receives S.W.A.T. Team Raid- Arraignment for Occupiers

  • REPUBLIC says:

    That is what happens when the people allow the government to get big and over reaching and violates our liberties. Welcome to a taste of socialized big government. Yes, my fellow citizen fight for socialist utopia and our rights will diminish and more power shall come to the government and the law enforcement.

    Yes, Obama socializes everything, and I hope that he socialize all the 1% wealth and redistributes their wealth to all of us. Besides, isn’t better if we own the means of production? At what cost?

    The comment on this blog is proof that socialism will not work in the USA if you love your liberties and freedom. People here think that socializing the government and depending on their handouts will make the government better, on the contrary, we will become SLAVES OF THE GOVERNMENT. Remember, bigger government is not better. If people keep harping about socialize everything you will feel the pain later on. This is just the beginning and a taste of socialism.

    Enjoy it!

    PS: I can’t wait until someone will contradict with me or just plainly don ‘t blog back. (I have been called a “right wing nut” already by someone in the group, so demonize and label me with a new name please) It is all right by me, because we all know that our liberties will be taken away once the government has to much power, oops I have been witnessing in Europe where socialist government is big and the law enforcement officers have greater power (you can’t flip them off, disrespect or call them names because that is a felony) I am not lying I lived in Europe and witness it first hand, but since this is a left wing Website I don’t want anyone to be singled out and agree with me, because agreeing with me is evil.

  • REPUBLIC says:

    I am a firm believer on the quotes below. What about you?

    Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country. John F. Kennedy

    Those that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin

  • TomD says:

    Why the quotes around “artist?”

    • REPUBLIC says:

      Why the quotes around artist

      TomD, I believe you are reading into too much. The quotes were used is to emphasize that they were artist and not criminals.

      Did you read what I wrote above? Do you agree with any of it?

    • ReverendBonobo says:

      It’s confusing to me too. Maybe the writer doesn’t think they’re artists, but he did mention the mural they painted inside the house and another article (the Slog, maybe?) showed a painting one did for a neighbor. Anyone who has met these occupiers knows at least some of them are artists.

      I’m just gonna leave this here… http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/

      • REPUBLIC says:

        A government depending beggers do not see the truth not even if it slap a person on the face, due to blindness of awareness. A government loves entitlements beggers and that makes a person a brainwashed modern day slave. I will live a quote from a man that believed in liberty and freedom. ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU–ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY. JFK– if that can’t wake you up from socialist utopia there is no hope for you.

        • ReverendBonobo says:

          What in the hell does that have to do with anything I just wrote? Are you just going to rant about socialism, even on unrelated posts, until somebody pays attention to you?

          There, I paid attention to you. You can stop now.

  • REPUBLIC says:

    Socialism is a poisonous totalitarian party and will overpower the people’s will and systematically destroys the liberty