The Seattle police chief ordered a suspension of the use of tear gas in crowd management on Friday. Nevertheless, violent demonstrations continued, prompting police to use flash bangs.
Seattle, Washington's diverse Capitol Hill neighbourhood, which is known for its hip bars, laid-back coffee shops and indie stores, has been rocked by the wave of protests which have pitted police against demonstrators in cities throughout the United States.
A video of George Floyd's arrest showed a white police officer, George Chauvin, asphyxiating and killing him by shoving his knee into Floyd's neck for almost nine minutes after he had been restrained, despite Floyd saying that he could not breathe. The clip sparked protests which soon turned into riots, as cities across the US descended into chaos characterised by looting, arson attacks and the destruction of property.