It took me a couple or re-reads to get this article straight, but it seems like a white chick was blocking a freeway as part of a Black Lives Matter protest and was run over by a black guy driving a white Jaguar. Yeah, let that sink in.
Summer Taylor was blocking the freeway with a small group of Black Lives Matter demonstrators on the southbound lanes of I-5, the main artery through Seattle, about 1:30 a.m. Saturday.My first thought was : Play stupid games, win stupid prizes, but then we learn that the Washington State Police had set up a roadblock to protect the protesters. Somehow, Kelete got around the WSP roadblock to strike Taylor.
A 27-year-old man was arrested. Police identified him as Dawit Kelete, and they say he was sober.
Wait, wait wait. The Washington State Police were blocking the road? Why? It's not the state's job to provide safe-haven to protesters.
Well, as it turns out, the state police is re-thinking their policies.
Hours after Taylor succumbed to her injuries, the WSP announced it was changing its policies to arrest people who block freeways instead of letting them protest there.Okay, so we're back to : Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.
The admission that official Seattle had apparently allowed the protesters to take over the freeway was met with incredulity from law-abiding folks, including one who rightly observed that “Seattle looks like a bunch of children learning not to touch a hot stove.”
It should be both dangerous and painful to block a state highway (much less an interstate highway). The police should be arrresting these protesters.