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    Bernie Sanders leaves Seattle stage after event disrupted by Black Lives Matter

    Bernie Sanders leaves Seattle stage after event disrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters

    By John Wagner August 8 at 6:50 PM

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speaks at the National Action Network national convention in April in New York City. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    A planned speech in Seattle by presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders celebrating the anniversary of Social Security and Medicare was scuttled Saturday after protesters from Black Lives Matter took the stage and demanded that the crowd hold Sanders “accountable” for apparently not doing enough, in their view, to address police brutality and other issues on the group’s agenda.

    Sanders, who has emerged as the leading alternative to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination, was the final speaker scheduled on a long program. After the senator from Vermont was introduced, protesters took the microphone, shared a series of local grievances with the crowd, including school disparities and gentrification in Seattle, and then asked for a period of silence to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Michael Brown being shot and killed during a confrontation with a police officer in Ferguson, Mo.

    [Why Hillary Clinton and her rivals are struggling to grasp Black Lives Matter]

    Organizers allowed the period of silence, as some in the large crowd shouted for the protesters to leave the stage. Afterward, Marrisa Johnson, a leader of the Black Lives Matter movement in Seattle, asked the crowd to “join us now in holding Bernie Sanders accountable for his actions.” She motioned for Sanders to join her at the microphone.

    After several minutes of frantic conversations, Sanders left the stage and greeted people in the large crowd who had turned out to see him. Many chanted his name.

    The tense scene, which was streamed live by a Seattle television, was reminiscent of one July 18 in Phoenix, when a larger group of Black Lives Matter protesters disrupted a Democratic presidential forum at the liberal Netroots Nation gathering that featured both Sanders and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley.

    [O’Malley booed as he points out: ‘White lives matter. All lives matter.’]

    At the Netroots event, both O’Malley and Sanders were able to continue speaking, though neither filled their allotted times.

    At Saturday’s event, Johnson noted that O’Malley had since released a plan on criminal justice, which calls for several policing reforms, including widespread use of body cameras.

    [Bernie Sanders needs to court black voters. And he has started doing it.]

    Though Sanders has not formally released a similar plan, he has been speaking out about policing issues, including during an appearance last month before a gathering in Louisiana of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, one of the nation’s oldest civil rights organizations.

    Local reports put the size of the Saturday afternoon crowd in Seattle in the thousands.

    Sanders was scheduled to appear later Saturday at a large-scale rally organized by his campaign. He is in the midst of a three-day swing on the West Coast, with stops also scheduled in Portland and Los Angeles.

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    Sanders seems to have a problem with denouncing this outrageous behavior.
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