Seattle police say that about 40 police officers arrested this woman, who had been sitting in Westlake Park this morning with her sleeping bag and holding an umbrella, because she assaulted one of them with her coffee.
"The only people who we arrest with umbrellas are the people with umbrellas who take their cups of hot coffee and dump it on officers," says Sergeant Sean Whitcomb. He says you can see in the video below, at about the 1:00 minute mark, the woman "take her hand and forcefully slosh the coffee on one of the officer's legs." Here's the video Goldy shot earlier:
Make up your own mind as to whether she sloshed the coffee on the cop: Did she purposefully dump it on the cop, was it an inadvertent result of the arrest tussle, or is the cop controlling her wrist partly to blame? In any case, it seems to me that the arrest was well underway—before the coffee was spilled—so the coffee can't be the reason for the arrest. And that coffee couldn't have been terribly hot. Goldy's interview with her (when she's holding the coffee) began at 7:32 a.m. and the coffee was spilled 8:10 a.m.
The Seattle Police Department is asking prosecutors to charge her with obstruction, resisting arrest, and misdemeanor assault (for the coffee thing). She was one of eight people arrested this morning, Whitcomb says.