Mayor Jenny Durkan Issued Emergency Order to Vacate CHOP. Police Made Arrests

 In Domestic, Politics

On July 1, at 4:58 a.m., Mayor Jenny Durkan (finally) issued an Executive Order for Seattle police to retake and dismantle the area being called “CHOP.” She declared it an unlawful assembly and issued orders to vacate the area due to violence and public safety issues.

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Screenshot via King5

The Police Chief, Carmen Best issued this statement:

Today, Mayor  Jenny  Durkan issued a  48-hour  public safety  emergency  order  to vacate the East Precinct/Cal Anderson area.  Seattle police will be in the area this morning enforcing the  Mayor’s  order.

This order, and our police response, comes after weeks of violence in and around the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest zone, including four shootings, resulting in multiple injuries and the deaths of two teenagers.

As I have said, and I will say again, I support peaceful demonstrations. Black Lives Matter, and I too want to help propel this movement toward meaningful change in our community.

But enough is enough.

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.

My job, and the job of our officers, is to protect and serve our community. This is not an end to our department’s engagement with demonstrators. We must continue our efforts to build trust and redefine our roles as guardians in our city. I will continue to work with the Community Police Commission, the Office of Police Accountability, the Inspector General, the Mayor, the Seattle City Council and ALL of our community and social justice partners in the coming weeks to encourage peace and to begin meaningful dialog about reenvisioning public safety in our community.

At least 100 police officers in tactical gear, with riot batons, helmets and weapons cleared Cal Anderson Park and the East Precinct. CHOP members reportedly overturned port-a-potties in their way. Those who did not respond to the “safe exit” areas from police were arrested. As 9:25 a.m., Seattle Police had made 31 arrests of people who refused to disperse.

“Officers have provided numerous dispersal orders this morning and continue to ask groups and individuals to leave the area. Police are providing safe exit points, and will continue to make arrests of individuals who have refused to comply with dispersal orders.” Seattle Police

Now the city and Mayor Jenny Durkan will have to deal with the cleanup of the incredible mess of graffiti, trash, and other items left behind. The days of anarchy are over in Seattle, at least for now. The exhibition of weak leadership may come back to haunt them at a future date.

Featured photo: Screenshot via Seattle’s King5

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  • Kel
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    Why do people think “Black lives matter ” actually care about the black population ?
    Do they build boys and girls clubs ? Do they have programs to encourage young father’s to stay with the family unit and help provide for them ? Do they teach young men skills for jobs instead of joining gangs ? Yeah I didn’t think so ….. So can anyone actually tell me what does Black lives matter contribute to the betterment of of community and especially black communities ? Anything Anyone ?

  • Geoffrey
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    You have to be a special kind of ignorant to; Allow open rioting, looting and arson, blame the police and say you will defund them, allow criminals to hold your citizens hostage, loot buildings, murder, rape and assault at will and publically state you stand with the criminals and agree with what they are doing. You do nothing for the hostages, merchants, homeless in the seized area but you do reinforce the criminals makeshift blockades with concrete barriers. The only reason this is over is because they marched on the Mayor’s house. But to send the police in after that to clean up the mess you approved of make’s this mayor a truly sad piece of humanity.

  • Patrick
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    Doing the right thing finally, but still weak, limp-wristed action. Every single one of those miscreants should have been arrested, incarcerated and formed into work units to clean up the area they messed. Not one should be released until the area they occupied is fully restored and spotlessly clean. Should take about 6 months. More if they drag their feet and resist.

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