Councilman Reagan Dunn condemns violent May Day protests
May 2, 2012
NEW — 10 a.m. May 2, 2012
Reagan Dunn, a local representative on the King County Council, condemned violent May Day protests as downtown Seattle merchants started to clean up after the Tuesday incident.
“These threats to public safety and the attacks on our fellow citizens and on private property must not be tolerated,” he said in a statement released late Tuesday, after protesters marched through downtown Seattle and smashed windows at American Apparel, Wells Fargo and other businesses.
“Our right to protest is sacred,” Dunn continued. “That right is protected, not only by the Constitution, but by the men and women in uniform that serve our communities. It is also preserved by those who choose to exercise their rights peacefully and responsibly.”
Dunn, a Republican, is running for state attorney general against a council colleague, Democrat Bob Ferguson. The law-and-order message from Dunn came as the 2012 campaign season enters a more intense phase.
The protests also caused transit disruptions for King County Metro Transit commuters.
“Some working downtown were put in danger as broken glass littered their storefronts,” Dunn said. “Others were left stranded as their bus routes were disrupted or rerouted. Many hourly workers were told to leave early or told not to come in at all. Our uniformed officers from Seattle and those brought in from other departments around the region were also put at risk, some even injured.”
Dunn represents rural areas south of Issaquah and Newcastle on the council.