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Seattle police faked reports of armed Proud Boys to spook George Floyd protesters

Seattle police faked reports of armed Proud Boys to spook George Floyd protesters
The police hoped to use the ruse to scare protesters away from the CHAZ

Seattle police attempted to scare George Floyd demonstranter i 2020 by circulating bogus reports of armed Proud Boys in the city, according to a watchdog report.

The revelation was part of a blistering report released by Seattle’s Office of Police Accountability, først rapportert av The Seattle Times, on Wednesday and expands on themisinformation effortpolice undertook shortly after they left theautonomous zoneestablished by protesters for a short time in the city.

OPA Director Andrew Myerberg said the false sightingsimproperly added fuel to the fireof the already tense protests in the city.

“The use of the Proud Boys when it was known that the transmissions would be monitored took a volatile situation and made it even more so,” he wrote in the report.

I følge rapporten, officers made false remarks over their radios for a two-hour period on the night of 8 juni, knowing that their police channels were being monitored by protesters.

The misinformation included comments likeit looks like a few of them might be open carryingand that police had heard from the Proud Boys that they werelooking for somewhere else for confrontation”.

The misinformation operation was reportedly ordered by then-precinct captain Bryan Grenon, who said he was looking foran innocent way to just throw out some distraction”, claiming that the police were low on resources and facing pressure from the protesters. The then-Chief Carmen Best reportedly was unaware of the misinformation scheme.

Mr Grenon said he hoped that the false information would drive protesters away to other areas.

Rather than driving the protesters away, it caused them to become hyper-vigilant and arm themselves, turning a tense situation into a dangerous one. The report includes the account of an unnamed journalist who was covering the autonomous zone that night and recalled that after the reports began circulating, protesters who had guns went to get theirs to prepare for any potential Proud Boy-led attacks.

It seemed like everyone in the crowd who owned guns went to get theirs and the event went from being peaceful to something entirely different,” the journalist said in the report.

Mr Grenon said it wasnever my intent to cause alarm” and thathindsight is 20/20”.

The precinct captain eventually ascended to assistant chief, but has since left the department, as have the two officers who participated in the ruse.