Seattle Mayor Wants to Dismantle CHOP Zone Without Resorting to Police

  

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Via:  texan1211  •  2 weeks ago  •  23 comments

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Seattle Mayor Wants to Dismantle CHOP Zone Without Resorting to Police
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said people would be encouraged to leave the area voluntarily and those experiencing homelessness would be moved to services that can help them.

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Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said city officials will work with Black-led community organizations to dismantle the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone.

Durkan on Monday announced the city will move to end protesters' occupation of several blocks in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, but officials have yet to outline exactly when or how it will be done.

However, Durkan noted that efforts to clear the area, originally named the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), of protesters would be led by community organizers, rather than law enforcement.

She said people would be encouraged to leave the area voluntarily and those experiencing homelessness would be moved to services that can help them.

However, she said that "additional steps" would be taken to ensure community safety if people continued to remain in the area, without stating what those steps would be.

© Jason Redmond/AFP via Getty Images People photograph an image of activist Angela Davis displayed above the entrance to the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct, vacated June 8, in Seattle, Washington on June 12, 2020.

"It's time for people to go home. It's time for us to restore Cal Anderson and Capitol Hill so it can be a vibrant part of the community," Durkan said.

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She added: "In recent days, we have deployed community resources to both de-escalate the area and to move people to services. We will continue working with and deploying these community organizations to change the circumstances on Capitol Hill."

Durkan also said that Seattle police are set to return to the East Precinct building, located in the CHOP zone, after it was abandoned by officers earlier this month following violent clashes with protesters during demonstrations sparked by the death of George Floyd.

The mayor said officers would return to the building "peacefully" and in the "near future," but did not elaborate.

Protesters have called for the precinct to be turned into a community center, but Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said officers need to get back in the building to respond to 911 calls.

She said officers had been met by a "hostile crowd" when they tried to respond to a shooting in the police-free zone on Saturday. Best also said there had been instances of rape, assault, burglary, arson and property destruction in and around CHOP zone.

"This is about life or death, so we need a plan," she added. "I cannot stand by, not another second, and watch another Black man, or anyone really, die in our streets while people aggressively thwart the efforts of police and other first responders from rescuing them."

Hundreds of protesters have gathered in the CHOP zone day and night for the past two weeks, with organizers giving speeches and people giving out free food amid a festival-like atmosphere.

Durkan said gun violence in and around the CHOP at night was distracting from the protesters' cause.

Three people were shot in two shootings over a span of 48 hours at the weekend. A 19-year-old was killed and another man was critically injured on Saturday and a 17-year-old sustained a gunshot wound to the arm.

She said that while peaceful protesters could continue, the "cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents."

Durkan and Best also acknowledged during the news conference on Monday that they must "reimagine and rethink" policing in Seattle.

Durkan's office and the Seattle Police Department has been contacted for additional comment.

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Texan1211
1  seeder  Texan1211    2 weeks ago

What a mayor!

LMAO!

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Texan1211 @1    2 weeks ago

She's gonna drop cookies and have a parade of puppies lead them out...............LMAO

 
 
 
GregTx
2  GregTx    2 weeks ago

"She said officers had been met by a "hostile crowd" when they tried to respond to a shooting in the police-free zone on Saturday. Best also said there had been instances of rape, assault, burglary, arson and property destruction in and around CHOP zone.
"This is about life or death, so we need a plan," she added. "I cannot stand by, not another second, and watch another Black man, or anyone really, die in our streets while people aggressively thwart the efforts of police and other first responders from rescuing them."

By golly she is on the case.....now. Anyone really? I wonder if maybe she's finally realizing the extent of the city's liability?

 
 
 
XDm9mm
2.1  XDm9mm  replied to  GregTx @2    2 weeks ago
I wonder if maybe she's finally realizing the extent of the city's liability?

She doesn't have a clue.   I wonder if due to her abdicating her sworn obligated duties, she has any personal culpability?  Wouldn't that be sweet.

"Madam Mayor, we're seizing your home and personal property for restitution.  Here's directions to the local homeless shelter."
 
 
 
dennis smith
2.2  dennis smith  replied to  GregTx @2    2 weeks ago

I live about 30 miles south of Seattle and watched Durkan since she was elected. She has done nothing productive since then except to occupy her office. No vision, no ambition, no courage etc. She still doesn't have a plan even after 2 + weeks of allowing a portion on the city to be taken over by thugs. The nonviolent protestors have been begging her to get rid of the rioters.

Ad far as the Governor, he was an okay guy when he would discuss issues but once action was required he turned into a turtle and stopped acting in the citizens best interest as soon as the peaceful protests turned violent in several cities. 

 
 
 
MonsterMash
3  MonsterMash    2 weeks ago

It's time for the kindergartners to go home

 
 
 
XDm9mm
3.1  XDm9mm  replied to  MonsterMash @3    2 weeks ago
It's time for the kindergartners to go home

Mommy and daddy kicked them out of the basement.  That's why they're having a tantrum.

 
 
 
Sparty On
4  Sparty On    2 weeks ago

I mean ..... what could go wrong?

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
5  Just Jim NC TttH    2 weeks ago

I'll just leave this here.................

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JaneDoe
6  JaneDoe    2 weeks ago
She said officers had been met by a "hostile crowd" when they tried to respond to a shooting in the police-free zone on Saturday. Best also said there had been instances of rape, assault, burglary, arson and property destruction in and around CHOP zone. "It's time for people to go home. It's time for us to restore Cal Anderson and Capitol Hill so it can be a vibrant part of the community," Durkan said.

IMO it is way past time for them to go home! Should have never allowed it to begin with. I saw a few interviews with people who live in the area and this is definitely not fair to them!

 
 
 
MonsterMash
6.1  MonsterMash  replied to  JaneDoe @6    2 weeks ago
officers had been met by a "hostile crowd" when they tried to respond to a shooting in the police-free zone on Saturday. Best also said there had been instances of rape, assault, burglary, arson and property destruction in and around CHOP zone

But...but...but... it's a festive atmosphere.

 
 
 
Sparty On
6.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  MonsterMash @6.1    2 weeks ago

Its a Festivas for the rest of us ..... unless of course you are getting shot or raped ..... in which case it isn't ....

 
 
 
JaneDoe
6.1.2  JaneDoe  replied to  Sparty On @6.1.1    2 weeks ago

Or struck with the festivas pole.

 
 
 
Sunshine
6.2  Sunshine  replied to  JaneDoe @6    2 weeks ago
IMO it is way past time for them to go home!

All of them should be arrested IMO. 

 
 
 
JaneDoe
6.2.1  JaneDoe  replied to  Sunshine @6.2    2 weeks ago

I wouldn’t argue with that.

 
 
 
Sunshine
7  Sunshine    2 weeks ago

512

 
 
 
Sparty On
7.1  Sparty On  replied to  Sunshine @7    2 weeks ago

Or another fine dispersal method:

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Just Jim NC TttH
7.1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  Sparty On @7.1    2 weeks ago

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Sunshine
7.1.2  Sunshine  replied to  Sparty On @7.1    2 weeks ago

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The Magic Eight Ball
8  The Magic Eight Ball    2 weeks ago
Seattle Mayor Wants To Dismantle CHOP Zone Without Resorting To Police

good luck with that... LOL

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
8.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  The Magic Eight Ball @8    2 weeks ago

CHOP zone. What's their beef? The little lambs are a bit misguided. Did you notice some of the porkers in there LOL

 
 
 
Sparty On
8.1.1  Sparty On  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @8.1    2 weeks ago

A bunch of immature adolescences.   Nothing more, nothing less.   I say let em have Seattle.     They will reap what they sow.

It would be fun watching them run it all into the ground and beg for mercy after they trash everything.   Watching a "Police force" using sticky foam for fire arms would be must watch TV.   No sane LEO is going to accept that nonsense.

 
 
 
It Is ME
9  It Is ME    2 weeks ago

It only took a few shootings and one DEATH,   to get her to open, at least …….. "One" eye...… an itsy-bitsy bit. jrSmiley_78_smiley_image.gif

I Wonder who will volunteer to go in to get the Nutjobs out ?

Will they carry "THE" straightjacket for defense, if resistance persists ?

 
 
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