An innocent bystander was pepper-sprayed and arrested during a Seattle protest about the Israel-Gaza war. The arrested man - who was young and African-American - wasn't even one of the protestors. Witnesses say he didn't commit any crime. All he did was to get in the way of an older white man who was shouting threats and obscenities at the protestors.
Here's what happened. Last weekend protestors gathered in downtown Seattle to protest Israel's attack on Gaza.
During the protest a man walked by yelling obscenities, according to the Seattle Times. He then tore of his shirt and walked towards protestors with raised fists, witnesses say. His aggression is documented in photos taken by Alex Garland, including the image below.
Then he turned and said something to a passerby, a young black man named Raymond Wilford. Wilford turned both men raised their fists, but then Wilford thought better of it.
However, that didn't stop Westlake security guards from pepper-spraying Wilford, then grabbing and cuffing him, and trying to wrestle him to the ground.
Police did not pepper-spray or arrest the heckler, who left the scene unscathed. Protestors shouted, "you pepper-sprayed the wrong guy!"
You can see the arrest taking place in this video:
The security guard later said he thought Wilford took an aggressive step towards him, according to the Seattle Times. But Wilford said he was approaching the guard for help.
Police are now investigating the incident.