Lawlessness continues in a Seattle area taken over by radical protesters including multiple shootings with one person dead.
The takeover was sparked over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Minnesota black man who died while being arrested by police.
Floyd’s arrest was caught on video and went viral showing him pinned down by a white police officer’s knee to his neck.
Protesters blocked several blocks of the area known as Capitol Hill and renamed the area Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) and Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone (CHOP).
Multiple shootings were reported over the weekend and one known incident was fatal involving a 19-year-old man.
The New York Post reports:
The Seattle Police Department said in a tweet at 11:26 p.m. that one person had suffered a gunshot wound while inside the area and that a second shooting may have taken place.
Police investigating reported shooting inside CHOP zone. One person at HMC with gun shot wound. Hearing reports of a second shooting, but have not be able to verify at this time. Conflicting reports, will update with more information when available.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) June 22, 2020
BREAKING: A shooting — the second in 48 hours — was reported Sunday night in the area known as the CHOP, or Capitol Hill Occupied Protest. One person with a gunshot wound was in serious condition at Harborview Medical Center. https://t.co/r55VKl9UVQ
— The Seattle Times (@seattletimes) June 22, 2020
Within this perimeter is the East Precinct police building, where police officers were ordered to clear out earlier this month and the building shuttered.
However, police officers were called to the scene but access was thwarted by the mob.
Officers responding to the shooting said they had trouble getting to the scene because they were “were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims.”
Critics of the takeover commented on social media.
We told you this would happen but you didn’t listen https://t.co/CrTOnls5uh
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) June 22, 2020
They made their bed. Seattle Mayor and Governor do nothing. If @realDonaldTrump sends Feds in there, he will be blamed for causing chaos. Just let them be.
— Camden Forse (@cforse1500) June 22, 2020
…that fact that this will only escalate, will be no surprise at all.
— GEORGE ?? (@TheCollectiveQ) June 22, 2020
“The summer of love” is not so loving.
— ??GloryB?? (@kailuatwin) June 22, 2020
Last week, Seattle Democrat Mayor Jenny Durkan defended protesters commandeering several street blocks in the city and called their actions “patriotism.”
The New York Post reports:
“It’s simply not true. Lawfully gathering and expressing First Amendment rights, demanding we do better as a society, and providing true equity for communities of color is not terrorism. It’s patriotism.”
Durkan also said it’s “more like a block party atmosphere it’s not an armed takeover” and that “We could have the Summer of Love.”
Seattle Police Officers Guild President Michael Solan slammed the city’s leaders.
The Gateway Pundit reports:
“And again, we’re left wondering, what’s next?” he asked. “And, now our elected officials have removed our ability to have less lethal chemical munitions that are effective for us to disburse unruly, violent crowds to protect those police facilities, let alone ourselves.”
It’s outrageous Seattle’s elected officials are allowing the lawlessness to continue and by doing so, violence on the streets could escalate resulting in more injuries and death.