Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Infamous Kitsap Ferry Riot

"The Infamous Kitsap Ferry Riot" animated documentary and graphic novel.

The focus of this project, right now, is to add more context to the Teen Dance Ordinance as it affected the all ages scene from it's inception through to the ferry riot in 1987. I got a copy of the TDO from the City of Seattle and noticed that some of the very first words in the ordinance talks about police power. I've talked to people who witnessed brutality by police right after the TDO of 1985 went into effect at The Circle Jerks Riot at Gorilla Gardens in Nov 1985. The Monastery was in the news for it's reputation as a haven for teen sex and drugs, but Gorilla Gardens had similar problems as well. Right after the TDO was in effect, the police went in and shut it down forcefully by inciting a riot. There were a couple other incidents between police and punks at various locations in Seattle before the all ages scene totally dried up. All ages shows moved to Tacoma, Bremerton, Bellevue and Everett, and they also had problems after awhile. By the time the Kitsap Ferry Riot happened, kids had experience dealing with cops.