12 protesters file claims against Seattle, county, state

SEATTLE (AP) — Twelve people, or their families, who were hurt or killed in Seattle protests over the past six weeks have filed financial claims against the city of Seattle, King County and Washington state, alleging excessive force by police or failure to secure the safety of peaceful protesters. The Seattle Times reports the claims, to which the governments have 60 days to respond, are the first step in filing lawsuits. The claimants say they, or their loved ones, were hit by cars, shot, pepper sprayed, tear-gassed, put in chokeholds or knocked unconscious. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s chief of staff Stephanie Formas said the city does not usually comment on pending claims or lawsuits.