Sounds like that messy little radical social experiment known as the CHOP might finally be getting the cancellation notice from the mayor of Seattle.
In a formal press conference on Monday, Mayor Jenny Durkan said that officials would now be moving to “wind down” the occupied zone that has been taken over by radical leftists and anarchists.
Durkan said that violence in the zone was detracting from the greater message that activists were trying to convey and that the city was working with the community to bring CHOP to an end.
“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 said according to Fox Q13. “The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased.”
There have been three shootings with one dead over the past three days in the zone. At least two of the people shot were protesting in the zone.
“After days of peaceful demonstrations, two nights of shootings have clearly escalated the situation on Capitol Hill,” Durkan’s office said in a statement. “We have been meeting with residents and small business owners to address their safety and disorder concerns, including the ability of first responders to access emergencies in the area. … As many community groups are also urging, (the) Mayor believes individuals can and should peacefully demonstrate, but the message cannot be lost in the violence.”
Both the police and fire departments detailed problems trying to respond to help the shooting victims because of the anti-cop attitude in the zone. In fact the Fire Department released a statement saying they were not able to respond until they could be assured by the police it was safe to do so and so they had to make a deal with CHOP medics” to give them some supplies and a gurney to help facilitate if they have to run someone out of the zone to the paramedics who needs help. The delay that could cause could cost people their lives.
As we reported even the folks running the CHOP seemed to realize there was a problem and were trying to suggest measures to make it safer.
Meanwhile the local BLM chapter appeared to have canceled the CHOP as unsafe for black people because of the shootings. That may have helped the city make the decision to finally pull the plug.
Durkan said the police would be moving back into the East Precinct.
How exactly this all will shake out and how they will make them leave is not clear, they appear to be trying to negotiate them to leave. If they have to clear them out, the courts have tied their hands from using gas or pepper spray as “indiscriminate” weapons, which leaves shouting and batons.