“Bring This to An End” Seattle Mayor Durkan Announces the Dismantle of CHOP
After weeks of political unrest, Democrat Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced on Monday that city officials will finally dismantle the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHOP) after increasing reports of violence and looting.
Durkan’s statement came after two shootings that took place in the area over the weekend. Fortunately, law enforcement officers who were forced to vacate the area can finally return to the East Precinct and restore order. In her statement, Durkan had proved what President Donald Trump had been saying all along. “The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence have led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents,” the Democrat said. She admitted that the autonomous region failed to achieve its goals, as the impact on the community has “increased” while public safety had “decreased.”
Durkan believed that the violence had distracted the work of thousands of peaceful protesters aiming to resolve racial inequality issues and police brutality. “We are working with the community to bring this to an end,” Durkan concluded.
On Saturday, a 19-year-old man was killed during a fatal shooting incident, while a 17-year-old teenager was shot in the arm on Sunday. In a previous statement, East Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best warned that the only possible way law enforcement officers can respond to the 911 calls in the area is when someone is fatally shot, or badly injured.
Earlier, CHOP organizers have tried to make amendments to resolve issues of security. In an open letter, “Voices of CHOP” claimed that they are prepared to ensure public safety and hoped that the other CHOP residents would agree.
Please read and share: Open letter to the leaders, organizers, and #CHOP community. Physical copies will be available at the 2pm community meeting today. #CHOPcomms #seattleprotests #chazseattle #CHOPseattle #chopshooting #CHAZCHOP #CapitolHill #Seattle pic.twitter.com/hkKKeCTCQi— VOICES OF CHOP (@ChopVoices) June 21, 2020
According to the letter, the group wanted to have a meeting for the entire Monday for the organizers and the city council to reach an agreement and form a “safe zone” for drugs and alcohol, as substance abuse became an increasingly concerned autonomous area. The group also demanded that their own volunteers police the area within the “safe zone” as intoxicated individuals would be lumped together and separated from the group.
In addition, the group proposed that their operation hours should be from 8 a.m to 8 p.m. to ensure that peaceful protest can take over during the day, and ensure safety at night.
In fact, nighttime at CHOP had become an increasing concern for residents. In an interview for Fox News, journalist Andy Ngo of Quillette claimed that CHOP had become a serious Jekyll and Hyde situation. Ngo explained that while the autonomous zone might appear relatively peaceful in the morning, things change at night, as the area descended into “pure anarchy.”