The Seattle Police Department moves in to reclaim their district in CHOP and clear the block in less than 30 minutes
Seattle police came in on Wednesday to reclaim their property in the city’s “ occupied ” protest zone after the city mayor issued an order to leave the area at 2:00 AM.
More than a dozen people were arrested in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone, which saw two fatal shootings in three weeks, Q13Fox reports.
Mayor Jenny Durkan called the East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park meeting an “illegal meeting” and demanded that all barriers be removed after a 525 percent peak in violent crimes in the area.
People spent about two weeks occupying several blocks around a park and the East Precinct of the Seattle Police Department. Police left the building after clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality.
Seattle police confirmed in a tweet early Wednesday that they would be “in the area this morning to enforce the mayor’s order.”
Riot police officers are said to have issued a dispersal order at 5 a.m., which has resulted in dozens of arrests within 30 minutes.
Seattle police came in on Wednesday to reclaim their property in the city’s “occupied” protest zone
People spent about two weeks occupying several blocks around a park and the East Precinct of the Seattle Police Department. Police left the building after clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality
More than a dozen people were arrested in the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone
Police said: “Since the demonstrations in the East Precinct area began on June 8, two teenagers have been murdered and three people have been seriously injured in nighttime shootings. Police have also documented robberies, assaults and other violent crimes.
Because suspects from recent shootings may still be in the area and because many people in the area own firearms, Seattle police officers involved in this morning’s response will be equipped with additional protective equipment.
Chief Carmen Best said, “The CHOP has become lawless and cruel. Four shootings – two fatal – robberies, assaults, violence and countless property crimes have taken place in this different block area. ‘
Crews had used heavy equipment on Tuesday to clear improvised barriers around the CHOP zone after two fatal shootings in the area.
Protesters dragged benches and other items to replace the structures. But they were mostly gone Tuesday Tuesday.
Seattle police assistant Adrian Diaz said the large, makeshift barriers would be removed step-by-step to drive traffic through sections of a closed road.
“So far, you know, everything is quiet this morning, so that’s a good sign,” Diaz told The Seattle Times.
Cement barriers that remained in front of the Seattle Police Department building, East Precinct, on Tuesday were reinforced by protesters using pieces of concrete and tarps.
Critics, including President Donald Trump, are increasingly calling for the removal of protesters from the ‘Capitol Hill Occupied Protest’ area east of downtown following the Monday shooting of a 16-year-old boy and the murder on June 20 on 19 June. year old man.
Protesters say they should not be blamed for the violence in the area. People continued to add artwork, flowers, and candles to a memorial to the 16-year-old on Tuesday.
Police chief Carmen Best has said the shootings obscure the message of racial justice promoted by protesters.
Nearby businesses and property owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city last week, saying officials have been too tolerant of those who created the zone and officials have deprived property owners of their property rights by allowing the zone to continue.
Mayor Jenny Durkan had just demanded that all barriers be removed from the city’s “occupied” protest zone after a 525 percent peak in violent crimes in the area. Chief Carmen Best said, “The CHOP has become lawless and ruthless. Four shootings – two fatal – robberies, assaults, violence and countless property crimes have taken place in this different block area ‘
The clips, taken in the early hours of a Monday morning, show the bullet-driven vehicle moments after gunfire broke out
Demonstrators stand on barricades a block away while Seattle Department of Transportation workers remove other barricades at the intersection of 10th Ave. and Pine St., Tuesday
Protesters have occupied several blocks around the East Precinct of the Seattle Police Department and a park for about two weeks
Also on Tuesday, Mayor Jenny Durkan asked the City Council to investigate Councilor Kshama Sawant, accuse her of opening City Hall to protesters on June 9, and participating in a protest march to Durkan’s house on Sunday.
“She and the organizers knew that my address was protected under the State Confidentiality Program because of threats against me, largely because of my work as a US attorney,” Durkan wrote.
Sawant said she had not organized the march and was not personally taking Durkan’s words, The Seattle Times reported.
“In reality, this is an attack on the movements of working people, and everything we fight for, by a corporate politician who is desperately trying to distract from her shortcomings in leadership and political bankruptcy,” Sawant said in a statement.
Earlier this month, Sawant and other councilors called on the mayor to resign over what they called the police’s militaristic response to protests. Durkan has said she will not step down.