Downtown Seattle Association: 'Hoped we could have done better'

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on May 2, 2012 at 8:24 AM

Kate Joncas, President and CEO of Downtown Seattle Association, reacts to the response by Seattle Police at violent May Day protests.

Quotes from Joncas:

"Praise for the immigration rights groups and the protest at Westlake, thank you very much for your great, peaceful protests to get your words out but big frustration for the violence and the damage in downtown. We had plenty of warning about this and I hoped we could have done better."

"As I said, 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.
But big praise to the businesses, they were prepared. We saw them shutting their doors and shutting their windows when the violence started happening."

"Businesses should expect that they can do business in a peaceful commercial district...we really want to work with City Hall to see what we can do next time. Because I'm sure this is not the last time this is going to happen."

"We have the most experienced and skilled police department, practically in the country on issues like this, so I know that we can do better. I'm interested to hear what their proposals are going to be."

"We'll be prepared next time and you're not going to get to do that again. Period."

 

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