WATCH: Seattle Cop Hit in Face With Firework Mortar During George Floyd Protests
Body-worn camera footage from the Seattle Police Department shows officers under attack by firework explosives. The altercation occurred on August 16 during riots and protests.
The protests in Seattle have been ongoing since May. The demonstrations were sparked after the officer involved killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.
Protesters are seen throwing several firework mortars at officers, KOMO News reports. An officer was hit in the face by one of the mortars.
Seattle cop Adam Fowler was hit in the head by a mortar, he said the following after the encounter:
These aren’t tiny fireworks, they’re not firecrackers — these are commercial grade mortars. These are things that should be launched up hundreds of feet in the air in a safe place to be detonated so they can put on a firework display. These aren’t meant for weapons.
Seattle has continuously seen protests and riots organized by a range of groups.