The city of Seattle announced on Wednesday a $10 million settlement with a group of 50 BLM and Antifa rioters. The rioters sued the city and the Seattle Police Department (SPD) for injuries they claimed were a result of police actions during the 2020 riots following the death of career criminal George Floyd during an arrest in Minneapolis.
The personal injury law firm Stritmatter Kessler Koehler Moore represented the claimants. “Among the 50 Peaceful Protesters represented by Stritmatter Kessler Koehler Moore was Aubreanna Inda, who was standing still peacefully when a blast ball was launched directly at her chest, striking her and causing her to go into cardiac arrest,” the law firm said in a statement celebrating the settlement.
However, Stritmatter Kessler Koehler Moore’s description of Ms. Inda contradicts the available facts. According to AntifaWatch, an online database that tracks Antifa extremists and other left-wing domestic terrorists, Ms. Inda “placed herself as a meat shield between other rioters and police.” Ms. Inda was then “hit in the chest by non-lethal ammo when police were forced to use crowd control measures because rioters were throwing rocks and shining lasers in cop[s’] eyes.” Ms. Inda also claims she “participated in every Seattle riot up to the point she was shot.” She was arrested “in 2020 for unlawful weapon, obstructing an officer and failure to disperse.”
The lead plaintiff’s attorney, Karen Koehler, said the protesters “were engaged in a First Amendment speech and activity against the very police brutality which they were met with.” The facts do not support this description, however. In addition to assaults on police officers, rioters in Seattle caused millions of dollars in property damage when they took over portions of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, declaring it the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ).
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