In the streets of downtown Seattle, a group protested the recent shooting of a black man by Seattle Police, demanding police accountability and a criminal investigation among the officers involved.
The group of about 100 people gathered in front of police headquarters to protest the death of Che Andre. They moved to Fifth Avenue and Cherry Street, blocking traffic. They spent an hour marching and chanting, "Whose lives matter? Black lives matter! Che's life matters!" Many people joined the march as the group moved through downtown.
As part of an investigation, police were conducting surveillance on the 2200 block of Northeast 85th Street in the Wedgwood area on Sunday (find date) at 3:30 p.m. According to the department, officers saw a man, identified as Che Taylor, with a holstered handgun. Because of his criminal history, he was not allowed to possess a handgun.
Taylor stood next to the passenger door of a white Ford Taurus when a marked patrol vehicle flashed its emergency lights and pulled up to the car. According to the Seattle Times, officers ordered Taylor to show his hands. The police said in a statement, "He did not follow officers' commands, and instead leaned into the Taurus."
According to the police and a witness, Taylor reached for his handgun. In response, the police fired on him.
However, Gerald Hankerson of the NAACP disputed this claim. He believed that in the video, Taylor was complying with orders and were raising his hands up.
Seattle police declined to comment on Thursday’s protest.