Seattle authorities say they will begin dismantling a six-block protest zone occupied by activists opposing police brutality.
Mayor Jenny Durkan on Monday said it was time to "wind down" the area activists called "Capitol Hill Organized Protest" zone, or CHOP, saying the city was spurred to act after the scene saw two shootings - one of them fatal - over the weekend.
"While we believe individuals, organizations and others can continue to gather on Capitol Hill peacefully, the continued disorder, the violence and the impacts on residents and businesses are not just at odds with a message of justice and equity - they cannot continue to occur.
We are working with the community to bring this to an end." Protesters established what they called an autonomous zone on June 8 after the Seattle Police Department (SPD) evacuated its East Precinct station, the site of sometimes violent clashes with demonstrators.
Activists have since set up tents and hosted sit-ins and speeches focused on social justice.
U.S. President Donald Trump has said the demonstrations in the Seattle protest zone are being run by "anarchists." Seattle’s police and fire chiefs have voiced concerns that by blocking roads the protesters have prohibited first responders from doing their jobs in the area.
Police said a shooting on Saturday inside the CHOP zone left a teenager dead and another person wounded.
Durkin said the city was working with CHOP leaders to move forward.
Last week city crews reopened part of the zone to traffic in cooperation with activists.
Seattle's CHOP/CHAZ police free zone was a disaster. The area was meant to bring in another "summer of love." Instead, violence, drug use, rapes, murders, and shooting ran rampant. State Senator Steve O’Ban is introducing legislation that would essentially prohibit cities in Washington state from allowing another CHOP/CHAZ to occupy city streets. The ban would also prevent cities from creating places where cops and other services find it difficult to venture.
Seattle's CHOP was a police free zone in the heart of the city. It was plagued with violence, lawlessness, rapes, assault, drug use, and other felonies. It was plagued with violence, lawlessness, rapes, assault, drug use, and other felonies. Several of the protestors are now spreading the irresponsible conspiracy theory that all CHOP violence was the result of white supremacists. According to the news site mynorthwest they’re quite literally always wrong.
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Seattle's Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) is gone. It was created in the wake of nation wide protests against police brutality. Business Insider says CHAZ was set up along several blocks. It created a space for tents, free food, art-making, and rallies around the city’s abandoned East Precinct. "CHAZ has symbolic meaning that once the police withdraw, it’s not that communities descend into chaos, but that we can create safe, democratic, autonomous spaces.
A young woman is dead after being hit by a man who drove his car onto a closed Seattle freeway and into a crowd protesting police brutality. Summer Taylor, 24, of Seattle, died Saturday evening at Harborview Medical Center. According to Newser, Dawit Kelete also hit 32-year-old Diaz Love, of Portland, Oregon, in the incident. Kelete hit both of them when his car barreled through a panicked crowd of protesters on Interstate 5 early Saturday morning.
[NFA] President Donald Trump on Tuesday pledged to take a hard line on anyone destroying or vandalizing U.S. historical monuments and threatened to use force on some protesters, as political activism against racial injustice sweeps the country. Colette Luke has more.
Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area was taken over by protesters after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Cops were kept out of the area. The mayor of Seattle, Jenny Durkan, said the area would bring another "summer of love." Instead, there were noise complaints, rampant drug use.... .....lootings, rapes, assaults, property damage, public sex.... ....public bathroom violations, shootings, and a string of brutal murders.....
On Monday, Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan said the police were to reestablish a presence in the area known as the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. The CHAZ was set up in the wake of protests surrounding the death of George Floyd. Three people were shot, one fatally, in a spate of violence around the area on Saturday and Sunday. "The night-time atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents," Durkan said.
Donald Trump wore a mask during a visit to a military hospital, the first time the US president has been seen in public with the type of facial covering recommended by health officials as a precaution against spreading coronavirus.
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[NFA] President Donald Trump, who has avoided wearing a mask in public even as the coronavirus pandemic spread, donned one Saturday at a military medical facility outside Washington. Fred Katayama reports.
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