At a meeting today, a coalition of civic leaders elected to hold a protest next Friday, September 10 to protest—again—the recent killing of John T. Williams at the hands of an SPD officer, several sources confirm. The groups reportedly include members of the Chief Seattle Club, Native American city employees union, the NAACP, Mothers for Police Accountability, and several local tribal leaders. Given the recent officer-involved fatal shootings—including another one this afternoon in Tacoma, the third this week in Western Washington—other groups seem likely to sign on.
Specifics on the time and location remain unconfirmed, but the location is likely to be at City Hall or outside of SPD headquarters. The city's special events chair, Joanne Orsucci, said she has not received an application for a protest, but adds that the city routinely offers expedited permits for urgent protests.
The decision to hold a protest comes after last night's vigil in Pioneer Square, which was larger than many people expected and spilled onto Second Avenue. The vigil was attended by several leaders at City Hall.