We’ve all seen a mascot fight before, right? Well have you seen a man in an eagle costume and an employee at a bar duke it out? Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske did, and I bet it was awesome. Maybe it’s the fact that the mascot knew he could mask himself in the identity of the great bird. I don’t know but the fact that his friend, the onlooking beaver, sat by to watch makes this a great image to hold onto. I wish I had a video.
Who knew Chief Gil Kerlikowske was a bird lover?
During a last-call stroll through Pioneer Square early Sunday morning, Seattle’s top law dog helped break up a sidewalk fight between a bar patron and a man in an eagle suit.
Lt. Kenneth Hicks, shift commander at the precinct that includes Pioneer Square, was leading Kerlikowske on a closing-time tour of the club district when the senior officers witnessed a man-on-eagle fracas, according to police documents.
The officers watched as a 30-year-old Seattle man shoved the eagle to the curb and then stomped on the costumed man’s back as the eagle’s costumed confederate — a man dressed as a beaver — looked on.
Four patrol officers rushed to the scene, at the corner of First Avenue South and South Washington Street, and secured the three men. None was injured, and all were later released without citations.
Several mascots from Northwest universities had been at Pioneer Square on Saturday afternoon for a competition during the Fire Festival.
While a police spokesman couldn’t confirm the identity of those involved, police records list the eagle’s hometown as Cheney — home to the Eastern Washington University Eagles. The beaver hailed from Corvallis, Ore., abode of the Beavers of Oregon State University.
Police Department spokeswoman Debra Brown said that when she spoke with Kerlikowske earlier this week, he described the incident as “bizarre.” Kerlikowske was traveling Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.
Brown said Kerlikowske had been accompanying Mayor Greg Nickels on a fact-finding excursion to the sometimes-raucous area. Kerlikowske and Nickels wanted to experience last call firsthand.
Witnesses told police the costumed men had been jumping into traffic and harassing people on the sidewalk. The costume-clad men admitted to police that they had been jumping around the bar patron, but disputed the other man’s claim that the eagle had landed on his back.
“It’s a typical downtown Seattle, after-the-bars-close story,” Brown joked.