“If you want to protest, do it peacefully and honorably”


Rick Williams understands the anger over his brother’s death at the hands of a former Seattle police officer, but he’s urging people to honor John T. Williams “by keeping it peaceful.”

Two recent gatherings turned violent after demonstrators took to the streets to protest the Aug. 30 shooting of woodcarver John T. Williams by police Officer Ian Birk. Five people were arrested, including three Saturday.

“I’m honored that a lot of people are touched, but sad that they are going overboard,” Rick Williams said Monday.

“If you want to protest, do it peacefully and honorably. Yelling at the police just disrespects yourself and it disrespects my brother.”

On Saturday, protesters gathered at Boren Avenue and Howell Street, where Williams was shot, and painted anti-police profanity on the street and on a nearby building.