A video posted to Instagram shows a police vehicle attempting to drive over the snow barrier, before rolling backwards down a ramp.
A crowd of around a dozen demonstrators cheered as the police vehicle struggled to bypass the snow barrier, a separate video of the incident shared by journalist Andy Ngo on Twitter shows.
“Antifa goons blocked the exit of the East Precinct with a pile of snow tonight, in an effort to stop vehicles from responding to emergency calls,” another video posted by the same Instagram user, “standwithseattlepd,” claims.
Journalist Ngo added: “Overnight, #antifa in Seattle gathered to pile snow on one of the driveways of the Seattle Police east precinct (where CHAZ used to be). They stopped police from being able to drive out to respond to calls during the snow storm.”
Seattle’s East Precinct was at the center of violent riots that took place in the summer months of last year. Former President Donald Trump said in September 2020 that Seattle’s city government had “allowed anarchists and rioters to take over six square blocks of the city” that they named CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone) and later CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest). The protest zone was dismantled by July 1.
The far-left, anarcho-communist Antifa network is vehemently against the police, frequently calling for the abolition of police departments and jails.
Instagram user “seattleblmfairy” uploaded a 15-minute long video in which one of the demonstrators can be heard saying that the crowd are “just having a friendly snowball fight here at the East Precinct.”
The “cops are being aggressive and violating people’s rights,” another can be heard saying.
One police officer with the precinct addresses the crowd, telling them that they “cannot block police from exiting a police vehicle precinct.”
Another officer attempts to push a member of the group away from the snow barrier, before two others say “stop touching her” and “we’re literally not blocking your building.”
After the snow barrier is cleared by officers, they head back inside the precinct while the group continue to hurl snowballs and shout at them.
The Seattle Police Department didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment by The Epoch Times. It is unclear whether any arrests were made.