In 1999, police and protesters faced off in Seattle amid the backdrop of a World Trade Organization meeting. That confrontation became known as the “Battle in Seattle,” and both sides seem agree that inadequate preparation caused the situation to spin out of control.
“In short, we thought we were ready,” former Seattle Police Chief Norman Stamper told NBC Chicago. “We thought we were prepared. And we weren’t.”
Stamper’s big regret? Using tear gas on peaceful demonstrators to clear an intersection, something Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said he has no plans to do.
“Assume the worst. Prepare for the worst,” he said. “I do not believe for a minute that police will riot. I do believe that there is the potential for clashes between police and demonstrators.”