On Friday, a shooting took place in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, otherwise known as Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP), which is cop-free. The shooting left one man dead, and another badly wounded.
The man who was brought to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP “medics” is now saying that he wants to sue the police for not responding “fast enough.”
In the video the man explains that he was shot five times in CHOP, and that the cops left him out to “die” and now needs help raising money and sharing his story in order to sue the police.
The Seattle Police Department has explained that when they tried to enter the CHAZ/CHOP zone they were met with barricades and violent crowds that prevented them from being able to get to the victim in a timely manner.
Seattle Police Department Chief, Carmen Best has said that since the departure from the East Precinct building, 911 call response times have gone from 5 minutes to 18 minutes. Meanwhile, responses to secondary calls are now taking over an hour.
The CHAZ/CHOP zone consists of six blocks, which lies right outside of the now-abandoned East Precinct of the Seattle Police Department.
Initially, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan explained in an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo that CHAZ was more like “a block party” and that it could turn into a “summer of love.”
Following the shooting, Mayor Durkan has announced that “additional steps” will be taken if people do not voluntarily leave the CHAZ/CHOP zone.
Now, that “block party” seems less like a “summer of love” and more like organized chaos.
Amidst all of this, Seattle City Council member, Kshama Sawant, who has been an advocate and ally of the CHAZ/CHOP zone announced in a statement, “Our movement should also demand and insist that the Seattle Police fully investigate this attack and be held accountable to bring the killer(s) to justice.”
However, later in her statement, Sawant adds, “We must show our solidarity with the victims of this violence by continuing to build our movement and fight for our demands: to defund Seattle police by at least 50 percent.”
As soon as something bad happens, the very people who call on the police to help and protect them are the ones who have spent all their time and energy on trying to “defund the police” and establish a zone where no cops are allowed.