Seattle has become known for its anti-capitalist protests over the last decade, and many were predicting that the 2016 May Day protests could turn ugly. Organizers even warned participants on Facebook to “be prepared for violent police repression (pepper spray, flash bang grenades, tear gas, beatings, arrests, etc.).” They were right about the flash bang grenades — one exploded near a man filming the protest, sending shrapnel through his face and opening up a gash on his cheek.
Now the man is suing the City of Seattle and members of the Seattle Police Department over his injuries. Here’s a look at the case.