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Seattle Capitol Hill | It Took Two Shootings and a Murder to Convince Seattle Liberals to Address ‘Autonomous Zone ’

Seattle’s far-left mayor finally vowed to bring about an end to an ongoing occupation of a six-block area in the city’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. This comes after two shootings took the life of at least one person last weekend.

Mayor Jenny Durkan took a decidedly soft stance on the protestors when the group seized the neighborhood. The protests started shortly after the death of George Floyd sparked protests in the city. Ms. Durkan is changing her tune now, but it took a murder for the city to act.

The Shootings

The shootings occurred over the weekend, and the perpetrators remain at-large in both instances. On Saturday, an unidentified 19-year-old male was shot and killed in the autonomous zone. A 33-year-old male also suffered wounds in the altercation. The fire department responded to the reported shooting. However, the group holding the area refused to allow emergency services personnel into the exclusion zone.

Fire department personnel set up a perimeter around the six-block exclusion zone, but police couldn’t conduct any kind of substantive forensic investigation. By the time they arrived, locals told first responders the victim had already been taken to hospital. Seattle detectives say the suspect or suspects quickly fled the scene and that they made no arrests.

On Sunday, another shooting broke out in the area that wounded a 17-year-old male. Officers responding to the shooting said, “[they] were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers’ safe access to the victims.” The teenage victim was also transported to the hospital via a private vehicle, where he was treated and released. However, he refused to speak with police investigators regarding the incident.

Lack of Government Action?

Mayor Durkan and Washington Governor Jay Inslee – both Democrats – have allowed the occupation to continue for weeks with little effort to quell the unrest. In fact, critics argue that they’ve done more harm than good. The occupation began after Seattle Police received the order to evacuate a police department in the area.

Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best had previously said she was against the order to abandon the precinct. The city’s liberal government, however, was more interested in appeasing violent protestors than restoring law and order. “Ultimately, the city had other plans for the building and relented to severe public pressure. I’m angry about how this all came about,” Best said shortly after her officers needed to abandon the facility.

Residents React

Meanwhile, residents of the six-block exclusion zone have been forced to stand by while armed interlopers took control of their neighborhoods. Locals inhabitants of the exclusion zone have been subjected to armed checkpoints, spot ID checks, and general chaos. Local businesses have reported instances of extortion. Additionally, the area has drawn at least one comparison to the post-apocalyptic dystopia portrayed in 70’s cult classic ‘Mad Max’.

One resident told local news that Mayor Durkan should come to spend some time in the s zone so that she can see the carnage first-hand. “I would invite Mayor Durkan to spend one night in the CHOP area, and she can feel for herself what it’s like,” they said. Another resident, Matthew Ploszaj, told local KOMO news, “It was doomed to happen from Day One,” said Ploszaj. “No one wanted to say it, but I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner.

Durkan’s Response

It took a murder, but Mayor Durkan says her office is working to end the occupation. However, she provided no timeline or concrete course of action for achieving that loosely-defined objective. Instead, she provided a typically political summary of the violence, “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. “The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased.”

It took a few weeks, but Durkan finally admitted that restricting emergency services personnel from responding to crimes will not do anything good. “There should be no place in Seattle that the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department can’t go,” Durkan said. She told reporters at a recent press conference that her office will continue working with the community to end the occupation and promised the police would move back into their precinct soon. However, it’s unclear whether Durkan’s promises are anything more than a token effort to appease her critics.

Chief Best took a more pragmatic stance on the issue. “This is not about politics, and I’m not a politician. This is a debate about life or death. So we need a plan, said Best. “ 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.”

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    Huapakechi

    June 26, 2020 at 12:22 PM

    No food, no water, no power, no entry to the area, and arrest everyone who leaves. It’s either that or risk the violence that these communist agitators have been striving to precipitate.

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    preachp

    June 26, 2020 at 12:32 PM

    So you all think it is because a couple of their lesser bots became cannon fodder that this snowflake decided to do something? Not so it is because there was a movement growing to gather a bunch of patriots and Constitutionalists together around the Seattle area and remove those barriers at the beginning of July, That’s why this bimbo is doing this. Otherwise even though it was not the intent or these real patriots to hurt anybody, what ever was necessary would have been done.

    DSA/dnc IS the greatest enemy of the USA in the world…next to the SCOTUS

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    Mark Carmona

    June 26, 2020 at 12:52 PM

    This is not what our nation believes in, anarchism is not a way of life in the United states. Personally I don’t agree much with Trump, but this needs to be stopped and I mean now.If these American Terrorists want change, than do it legally. Our Country allegedly does not negotiate with terrorists.

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      Dane

      June 26, 2020 at 2:12 PM

      They want to kill and burn, that’s why you call them terrorists, These animals that murder do not deserve anything.

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    Richard Manfredi

    June 26, 2020 at 2:51 PM

    ELECT, UN ELECT.

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    Mark

    June 26, 2020 at 3:07 PM

    Since the local authorities won’t do anything they should bring in the military. Special forces would have the leaders taken out in five minutes and the rest in custody in four hours. These people are enemies of the US.
    I feel sorry for stupid kids that are involved with this but they committed terrorist acts. Instead of being brought to trial they should be taken to Getmo and held.
    In Texas we had Black lives matter try to take over the Alamo. Texas Militia kept them out, not police.
    If your politicians won’t do anything, make sure they aren’t re-elected.

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    cc

    June 26, 2020 at 10:25 PM

    To the victims–SUE the CITY and demand huge compensations for affected businesses & individuals killed or maimed.

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