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Seattle police in riot gear move in to reclaim their precinct in CHOP, arresting more than a dozen people, after the mayor issues a 2am executive order to vacate the zone which has seen two deadly shootings in three weeks and crime rise by 500 percent (11 Pics)

Seattle police on Wednesday moved in to reclaim their precinct in the city's 'occupied' protest zone  after the city's mayor issued a 2am executive order to vacate the area. 
More than a dozen people were arrested at the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) zone which has seen two deadly shootings in three weeks.  
People have occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct for about two weeks. Police abandoned the building following clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality. 
Calling the gathering at the East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park an 'unlawful assembly' Mayor Jenny Durkan had demanded all barriers be removed after a 525 per cent spike in violent crimes in the area. 
Seattle police confirmed in a tweet early Wednesday that they would be 'in the area this morning enforcing the Mayor's order'.  
Officers in riot gear are said to have issued a dispersal order at 5am leading to dozens of arrests within just 30 minutes. Police tweeted: 'Because suspects in recent shootings may still be in the area, and because numerous people in the area are in possession of firearms, Seattle Police officers involved in this morning's response will be equipped with additional protective gear.'
Eyewitness Omari Salisbury said: 'The Seattle Police Department basically reclaimed the precinct in less than 30 minutes, five feet at a time with the bicycle officers out in front.' 
President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the Seattle protest area, as well as city and state leaders. He tweeted Monday morning that the protesters 'have ZERO respect for Government.' 
Mayor Jenny Durkan called the city's 'occupied' protest zone an 'unlawful assembly' in an order Wednesday. Seattle police confirmed Wednesday they would be 'in the area this morning enforcing the Mayor's order'
Mayor Jenny Durkan called the city's 'occupied' protest zone an 'unlawful assembly' in an order Wednesday. Seattle police confirmed Wednesday they would be 'in the area this morning enforcing the Mayor's order'
Seattle police on Wednesday moved in to reclaim their precinct in the city's 'occupied' protest zone
Seattle police on Wednesday moved in to reclaim their precinct in the city's 'occupied' protest zone
People have occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct for about two weeks. Police abandoned the building following clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality
People have occupied several blocks around a park and the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct for about two weeks. Police abandoned the building following clashes with protesters calling for an end to police brutality
Police said: 'Since demonstrations at the East Precinct area began on June 8th, two teenagers have been killed and three people have been seriously wounded in late-night shootings. Police have also documented robberies, assaults, and other violent crimes.
'Because suspects in recent shootings may still be in the area, and because numerous people in the area are in possession of firearms, Seattle Police officers involved in this morning's response will be equipped with additional protective gear.'
Chief Carmen Best said: 'The CHOP has become lawless and brutal. Four shootings, two fatal, robberies, assaults, violence and countless property crimes have occurred in this several block area.' 
Tweeting their moves to dismantle the area police said: 'Police have observed individuals in the vehicles with firearms/armor. The vehicles also appear to be operating without visible license plates.
'Anyone who remains in the area, or returns to the area, is subject to arrest.' 
Police also released a video documenting the acts of violence inside CHOP over the last few weeks.  
Crews had already used heavy equipment Tuesday in an attempt to remove makeshift barriers around the CHOP zone following the two fatal shootings.
But demonstrators dragged couches and other items to replace the structures. Those were largely gone later Tuesday.
The move to dismantle the area follows the shooting death of the unidentified 16-year-old boy in the early hours of Monday morning. A 14-year-old was also critically injured when eyewitnesses say armed security inside the zone fired 300 rounds.    
Volunteer medic Marty Jackson had described the area as an 'active war zone' and said: 'I don't think we're gonna stop here.'   
He told KUOW it was CHOP's own armed security who fired at the car driven by the teen after it crashed into a barrier, killing him and critically wounding the 14-year-old. 
Warning people not to come to the CHOP zone, Jackson added: 'Because now it's like pretty much an active war zone. Now you have security and medical always looking around waiting to see the next.' 
Footage from inside the zone had shown the chaotic scenes and the bullet ridden vehicle in the immediate aftermath of the shoot out Monday. 
City workers on Friday tried to remove makeshift barriers erected around the area but stopped their work after demonstrators objected. 
Seattle police Assistant Chief Adrian Diaz said Tuesday the large, makeshift barriers would be removed in incremental steps to allow traffic to move through portions of a road that had been closed off.
'So far, you know, everything is peaceful this morning, so that's a good sign,' Diaz told The Seattle Times.


President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the Seattle protest area, as well as city and state leaders
President Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the Seattle protest area, as well as city and state leaders
Volunteer medic Marty Jackson had described the area as an 'active war zone' and said: 'I don't think we're gonna stop here'
Volunteer medic Marty Jackson had described the area as an 'active war zone' and said: 'I don't think we're gonna stop here'
Calling the gathering at the East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park an 'unlawful assembly' Mayor Jenny Durkan had demanded all barriers be removed after a 525 per cent spike in violent crimes in the area
Calling the gathering at the East Precinct and Cal Anderson Park an 'unlawful assembly' Mayor Jenny Durkan had demanded all barriers be removed after a 525 per cent spike in violent crimes in the area
There had been increasing calls by critics, including President Trump, to remove protesters from the 'Capitol Hill Occupied Protest' area east of downtown following the fatal shooting Monday of a 16-year-old boy and the June 20 killing of a 19-year-old man.
Protesters say they should not be blamed for the violence in the area. People continued to add artwork, flowers and candles at a memorial for the 16-year-old on Tuesday.
Police Chief Carmen Best has said the shootings are obscuring 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 that officials have deprived property owners of their property rights by allowing the zone to continue existing.
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said: 'The CHOP has become lawless and brutal. Four shootings¿-two fatal¿robberies, assaults, violence and countless property crimes have occurred in this several block area.'
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan had demanded all barriers be removed from the city's 'occupied' protest zone after a 525 per cent spike in violent crimes in the area
Mayor Jenny Durkan, right, had demanded all barriers be removed from the city's 'occupied' protest zone after a 525 per cent spike in violent crimes in the area. Chief Carmen Best, right, said: 'The CHOP has become lawless and brutal. Four shootings–-two fatal—robberies, assaults, violence and countless property crimes have occurred in this several block area'
The Seattle 'zone', which includes apartment buildings and businesses, also contains the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct, which cops abandoned after receiving a threat that the station would be overrun and burned down
The Seattle 'zone', which includes apartment buildings and businesses, also contains the Seattle Police Department's East Precinct, which cops abandoned after receiving a threat that the station would be overrun and burned down
Also Tuesday, Mayor Jenny Durkan asked the City Council to investigate council member Kshama Sawant, accusing her of opening City Hall to protesters on June 9 and participating in a protest march to Durkan's home on Sunday.
'She and organizers knew that my address was protected under the state confidentiality program because of threats against me due largely to my work as U.S. attorney,' Durkan wrote.
Sawant said she had not organized the march and wasn't taking Durkan's words personally, The Seattle Times reported.
'In reality, this is an attack on working people's movements, and everything we are fighting for, by a corporate politician desperately looking to distract from her failures of leadership and politically bankrupt administration,' Sawant said in a statement.
Earlier this month Sawant and other council members called on the mayor to resign over what they called the Police Department's militaristic response to protests. Durkan has said she will not resign. 
The clips, taken in the early hours of a Monday morning, show the bullet ridden vehicle in the moments after gunfire broke out
The clips, taken in the early hours of a Monday morning, show the bullet ridden vehicle in the moments after gunfire broke out
Protesters stand on barricades a block away as Seattle Department of Transportation workers remove other barricades at the intersection of 10th Ave. and Pine St., Tuesday
Protesters stand on barricades a block away as Seattle Department of Transportation workers remove other barricades at the intersection of 10th Ave. and Pine St., Tuesday
Nearby businesses and property owners filed a federal lawsuit against the city last Wednesday, claiming officials have been too tolerant of those who created the zone and that officials have deprived property owners of their property rights by allowing the zone to continue existing.
The business owners said they were not trying to undermine the protesters' anti-police-brutality and Black Lives Matter messages.
But the owners said they have suffered because the creation of the zone has limited their access to their businesses and that some owners trying clean graffiti from their storefronts or attempting to photograph protesters have been threatened.
A second lawsuit was filed by attorney Jacob Bozeman Monday. He said: 'To abdicate the authority to an unelected, unauthorized and armed group of people to decide who can come and go, who can be searched and seized, and under what portions of the city you can come and go from, for fear of physical retaliation against you, is unconstitutional.'

4 comments:

  1. Hey what about the summer of rape, er love.

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  2. To all Seattle Bolshevikians, have a great public beat-down pain experience. Power to the peoples! Power to the Peoples Right On!

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  3. The Mayor is going to have to GIVE BACK all her bribe money now!!!!!

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  4. Summer of wannabe hippies didn't happen....oh the humanity!!! More like the summer of Communism take over.....

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