Seattle police vow tougher handling of protest vandalism

SEATTLE (AP) — Interim Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz says the city is getting tougher on those who commit vandalism during street protests. The Seattle Times reports that Diaz announced the new policy before an anticipated protest Saturday, and that it was coordinated with Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes. Over the past year, police have made about 600 arrests during protests, but in many cases misdemeanors have not been prosecuted. But Diaz says that’s changing and those suspects will have their day in court — especially those who have been arrested repeatedly for vandalism.