Video: Ex-Seattle Police Chief Admits Response to 1999 WTO Protests Was Too Heavy-Handed
“We should not have used tear gas on non violent protesters”
“I Made Major Mistakes” – Ex-Seattle Police Chief Admits Response to 1999 WTO Protests Was Too Heavy-Handed
We speak with Norm Stamper, the police chief of Seattle during the 1999 WTO protests, when police responded to protests by firing teargas and rubber bullets into the mostly peaceful crowd. The protests resulted in 600 arrests and in the eventual failure of the WTO talks. Stamper resigned soon afterward. I made major mistakes, Stamper says of his handling of the situation.
Note: he speaks at the beginning and the end of this video about the protests.