SEATTLE -- One day after Seattle's May Day demonstrations turned violent, some of the eight protesters who were arrested during the melee appeared in court.
Seattle police released a list of the eight people arrested during the course of Tuesday's May Day protests; four will be charged with felony assaults on police officers.
On Wednesday, they appeared in court before a judge and the media to hear the charges against them.
Joshua "Alex" Garland was the first to appear. Police said he grabbed an officer after being told to move back. Garland is a photographer by trade who also documents demonstrations for the occupy movement. Friends describe Garland as peaceful and never violent.
Appearing next was Robert "Bobby" Ditrani, a local artist and activist arrested for spitting on a police officer. His friends claim police tackled the wrong guy.
"Bobby had grabbed his flag from his pole when they pulled him down, slammed his head into the cement," said Corey Wolodarczyk, protester's' friend.
Maria Morales, 30, is accused of punching a female officer. Morales waived her right to appear in court Wednesday, but her brother appeared on her behalf. Morales, an ER technician at Group Health, faces an additional charge of resisting arrest.
Conspicuously absent in court was 23-year-old Cody Ingram from Burlington Vermont. Ingram faces federal charges after police arrested him for malicious mischief outside the old federal courthouse.
FBI Agents are also looking for a man seen in the area and wanted for causing damage to the courthouse.
The other four protesters arrested face misdemeanors, including causing property damage, carrying a concealed weapon, pedestrian interference and malicious mischief.
One protester, a 19-year-old male from Evergreen State College, appeared in court on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of a weapon. He was released on his own recognizance.
Property damage and vandalism done by dark-clad protesters, many belonging to the group calling themselves the "Black Bloc," stretches from 4th Avenue and Olive Way to 3rd and Marion. Cars were vandalized and business windows were shattered.
Seattle police said it's forming a task force to comb through video and look for more suspects. Mayor Mike McGinn called the property damage "unfortunate, but there were no injuries and our top priority was to protect the public," he said.
The mounds of evidence and surveillance collected will begin to be reviewed by Seattle Police. SPD said they intend to prosecute any protesters caught in the act of causing damage to the fullest extent of the law.
"It's unfortunate that you get a very few people that want to cause damage and violence," Seattle Police Chief John Diaz said. "And we're going to be spending a lot of time and effort to bring those people to justice."
Officers seized more than 70 objects from the violent protesters. Some Items now in police possession include lighters, hammers, pry bars, metal barriers, sticks, paint and rocks. Because of an executive order from Mayor Mike McGinn, police were able to seize any item which could be used as a weapon.
Downtown businesses will turn their attention to cleaning up destroyed property. Niketown, which became one of the first targets of the violent mob, reopened late Wednesday morning after cleanup.
"Big praise to the businesses, they were prepared," said president and CEO of Seattle's Downtown Business Association, Kate Joncas. "We saw them shutting their doors and shutting their windows when the violence started happening."
However, Joncas said more could have been done to protect downtown property.
"We had plenty of warning, and I was hoping we would have been better prepared. We really want to work with the Mayor and the council to make sure that this doesn't happen again," she said.
The city deactivated its Emergency Operations Center at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday. No arrests and no vandalism were reported overnight.
Organizers for Occupy Seattle came out Wednesday condemning the violence, saying their group had nothing to do with the mayhem in downtown.
"I was shocked to see the amount of damage at the end of the day," said Mark Taylor-Canfield with Occupy Seattle. "We were concentrating on Westlake Center and keeping that a safe place."
Organizers of the traditional El Comite May Day demonstration estimated 4,500 protesters joined their march that wound peacefully through Seattle Tuesday evening.
The first day of May is a traditional day for laborers and social groups to gather to gain support and express their ideals.
Seattle Police said people or businesses who had their property vandalized should call the SPD non-emergency line at 206-625-5011.
Earlier this week, anarchist signs and websites were found advocating Seattle's protesters to "strike back" or "shut down the city."