Seattle defends protest response, says police did not violate court order

SEATTLE — Lawyers for the city of Seattle on Friday rejected claims that police officers have violated court orders during recent protests where officers have cleared crowds with blast balls, pepper spray and foam-tipped projectiles.While protesters allege police have used those weapons indiscriminately, the city argues police were responding to threats to officers or buildings.“The reality is that not all participants in these protests were peaceful,” wrote attorney Robert Christie, whose firm represents the city.After a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and oth…

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