• Taxpayers foot the cleanup bill after May Day protesters trash Seattle

    By: John Knicely


    SEATTLE - As the destruction and trash from the May Day protests piled up, so did the price tag for Seattle taxpayers. 

    Right now the city of Seattle is working to add up the costs for KIRO 7.

    KIRO 7 specifically asked how much extra it would cost to handle the select few in the crowd who caused the damage.

    As of Thursday afternoon, the estimate was not available. 

    Chris Mast dealt with it all Thursday morning in Capitol Hill. He gets paid to clean up the sidewalks along Broadway, but he says he got some help.

    The worst in our society brought out the best.

    "I've seen people even this morning picking up bottles, sweeping up glass," said Mast. "Lots of overturned trash cans (were) cleaned up. Not just by employees, but the citizens themselves."

    KIRO 7 asked people what they thought of the cost of the destruction to taxpayers.

    "So we're basically paying for something that is other people's doing," said Jalayna Hill. "I don't think that's fair."

    Hill was walking to class at Seattle Central Community College with Diajurae Hopkins, who pointed out how clean the streets looked, no thanks to those who caused the destruction.

    "I think it's inconsiderate of them to do that, and then not to come back afterwards and clean it up," said Hopkins.

    Mast said he heard it from many people as he cleaned up on Thursday.

    "I've talked to a couple of these people and they're disgusted," he said. "They're disgusted with these people that come into this town and wreck it. Everyone has the right to protest, but to destroy other people's property is ridiculous."

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