Several businesses in Seattle decided to sue the city. They claim that the city officials were complicit in allowing an “occupied protest” that made them feel unsafe in their neighborhood. These businesses include an auto repair shop, a tattoo parlor, and a property management company.
Workers and residents also joined the lawsuit over the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP). Fox News explained that CHOP drew scorn from Trump and critics. They “ accused Mayor Jenny Durkan, the city’s police chief and other city leaders of turning the area over to ‘anarchists.’”
According to CHOP organizers, who take part in the riots following the death of George Floyd, they sought to establish a “police-free” area in Seattle’s Capitol Hill district.
The area has seen shootings and vandalism since June 8th.
“DEVELOPING: More than a dozen businesses inside CHOP zone, on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, file 56-page class action lawsuit against the City of Seattle,” Preston Phillips reported on Twitter. Also, as per Phillips’ report, they seek unspecified damages, “determined by a trial.”
The lawsuit states that it tackles is “about the constitutional and other legal rights of plaintiffs — businesses, employees, and residents in and around CHOP — which have been overrun by the city of Seattle’s unprecedented decision to abandon and close off an entire city neighborhood, leaving it unchecked by the police, unserved by fire and emergency health services, and inaccessible to the public at large,” reported Q13 FOX.
According to the Seattle city attorney’s office, it hasn’t had the chance to review the lawsuit yet. However, they planned to respond after reviewing it.