John T. Williams was a local Native American wood carver who just so happened to be homeless. Police has come and asked him to put down his knife and turn around but this kind gentleman was unable to hear. Because of Mr. Williams inability to hear and a police officer with a lack of compassion mixing with a license to kill, shots were fired.
Not only were shots fired, but shots were fired directly into this Native American’s back. This man had no intentions of hurting the officer; John Williams just did not hear the police as he continued carving into his work.
Since his death many Seattleites are upset over the loss of this innocent life. On September 16, 2010 a march for John T. Williams will begin, starting at the site of his death and ending at city hall.
The chanting of the Native American family members could be heard as soon as my assistant, Ms. Rocha and I approached the meeting place located at Boren Ave. and Howell Street in a parking lot where this intriguing artist’s innocent blood was shed.
From there the drums pounded as the procession began around 2:30 pm. Protesters began lining up some had cedar branches in their hand which represent healing while others had red yarn wrapped around their shoulder.
We marched until we reached the police department and we stopped at the front as the Native Americans did a ceremonial drumming, shouting and singing for their loved one.
There were a couple other public places that the protesters stopped at such as the library and a bank. The march continued as the rain fell upon our heads and umbrellas were in hands.
At the front of The City Hall building, the crowd stopped as the front native Americans called for all elders to come up to the front. There was no pushing no selfish people wanting to go before the elders. The air filled with a clam respect and understanding that the elders come first.
One by one, the tribal family and joining protesters entered the city hall building and everyone circled around the elders with in the lobby. After another ceremonial song and some steady drumming, one of the elders demanded to speak to the mayor.
The mayor was more than obliged to meet with the protesters who were standing up for justice. An innocent life had been taken and the mayor was more than concerned.
Either he had great people skills, or he really was really sincere in his speech. Mayor McGinn welcomed us protesters with merely opened arms and a kind speech. McGinn stated that the Shooting was a tragedy and he consoled the hearts of the Natives who were in pain.
The protest felt more like a family get together instead of a violent riot that most protests become, this was a peaceful march to cry out for the innocent blood of a deaf man who just needed some understanding.
Perhaps next time the police force will try to be more compassionate and not so gun happy. Hopefully this is a lesson learned for the protectors of Seattle’s citizens.