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.....
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 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.
Demonstrators took over a six-block swath of the city, dubbed the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, in early June after cops withdrew from a precinct amid demonstrations against police brutality. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
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.
Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar represents Minneapolis, Minnesota in congress. She is facing a stiff primary challenge from lawyer Antone Melton-Meaux. Melton-Meaux raised an absurd $3.2 million in the second quarter of this year to Omar’s $471,000. Omar represents a sizable Jewish community in her district. She has been the face of multiple national controversies for her perceived use of coded anti-Semitic language.
Amid demands for more police transparency after the killing of George Floyd, U.S. police departments are experimenting with a new way of capturing potentially deadly moments: putting small cameras on their guns. This report produced by Yahaira Jacquez.
Police near Minneapolis, Minnesota used drones last week to check on an enormous threat to the local social order. Namely, CNN reports the drones were activated to check if sunbathers at a lakeside beach were breaking the law by going nude or topless. Golden Valley city officials say the police department used the high-tech surveillance devices at Twin Lake on July 10 after receiving complaints from the public. This stuff has been going on there for decades.
Attorneys for the family of George Floyd filed a federal civil lawsuit on Wednesday. The suit is against the city of Minneapolis and the police officers involved in the death of George Floyd. Floyd died May 25 after former officer Derek Chauvin used his leg to pin Floyd's neck to the ground for nearly nine minutes. Chauvin was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. The lawsuit was filed in US District Court for the District of Minnesota.
[NFA] Police said a protest turned into a riot in Seattle, Washington, on Saturday, and demonstrators nationwide took to the streets in solidarity with racial justice activists opposed to federal intervention in their cities. This report produced by Zachary Goelman.
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.