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caption: Demonstrators march on Seattle City Hall, June 3, 2020. 
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Demonstrators march on Seattle City Hall, June 3, 2020.
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Different tone at Wednesday's protest in Seattle as demonstrators make demands

Wednesday's protest in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood had a different tone than in previous days. This time, a dozen community organizations got together and led the biggest crowd yet to City Hall.

And while this group did not call out other leaders who have led other protests this week in Seattle, Wednesday’s protesters made a point of transparency.

"Accountability means we don’t do closed door meetings. Accountability means we don’t hide when we talk to these politicians. Notice the difference," said Jerrell Davis, a south Seattle organizer and artist.

There were three main things protest organizers wanted this time, and they wanted to make sure the crowd knew.

  • Release any of the protesters who are jailed.
  • Defund the Seattle Police Department by 50%.
  • Invest that money into services for Black and Brown communities.

Mayor Durkan came out to meet the protesters. While she made no promises, she did lift the 9 p.m. curfew that was originally slated to last until Saturday.

Durkan was ultimately booed by the crowd, prompting her to go back inside City Hall.