8 arrested in Seattle election night protests

SEATTLE — Eight people were arrested during election night protests in Seattle Tuesday.

One group of protesters moved through South Lake Union, where many businesses are boarded up. Another canvassed the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Some protesters briefly closed a small portion of I-5 near Mercer Street.

At one point, marchers were moving traffic barricades and other items, including nails, into the road, Seattle police said.

According to KIRO Radio, police threatened to use chemical agents on the group gathering there.

SPD said eight people were arrested for investigation of pedestrian interference, obstruction, assault on an officer, reckless driving and criminal mischief.

There were reports of damage to the Amazon Spheres on Lenora Street. KIRO 7 found some chips and cracks there.

It is not known if the damage is related to the protests.

Early Wednesday, a group was still gathered on Capitol Hill.