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March and Vigil Marks 10 Years After Murder of John T. Williams By Seattle Police

by Elizabeth Turnbull


Next to the Space Needle and below a 34-foot-tall totem pole, a crowd of a few hundred people set their phone timers to ring at 4:12 p.m. yesterday, Aug. 30, as a reminder to observe a moment of silence at the exact time and date that a Seattle Police officer fatally shot John T. Williams, a celebrated Native American wood carver, 10 years ago.

In 2012, on what would have been John’s 52nd birthday, John’s brother Rick Williams, with the help of other family members and craftsmen, erected the totem pole they had carved and which stands near the Space Needle today. At the vigil on Sunday, Rick Williams spoke about the memorial space and about memories of his brother. 

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Two Cars Appear to Threaten Marchers at Prayer Walk in Belltown and Seattle Center, One Marcher Hit

by Carolyn Bick


Unknown drivers appear to have threatened marchers at two different points in a prayer walk on the evening of Aug. 30, according to videos posted to Twitter. The walk was meant to commemorate John T. Williams, the Indigenous man whom a Seattle Police Department (SPD) officer shot and killed 10 years ago. The car at one of the points of the prayer walk hit at least one demonstrator, according to the demonstrator’s Twitter account.

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