May Day
2:47 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Seattle Police: Troubling Signs Early On May Day

Seattle police say there's been more anti-authoritarian rhetoric leading up to this year's May Day events, but officers are ready.

Capt. Chris Fowler, who's in charge of the department's response to the demonstrations, says that if people have a message to get out, they should get it out safely. Police will be escorting a permitted march for immigrant and worker rights Thursday afternoon, as well as a later unpermitted march by anti-capitalist protesters.

The department's blog said vandals spray painted a few businesses early Thursday in the Capitol Hill neighborhood — a car dealership, bank, restaurant and "the neighborhood headquarters of the oppressive regime at the United States Postal Service."

Police say they found "Kill SPD" painted on the bank.

Police have been taking precautions because of May Day violence the past two years in downtown Seattle.