The Capitol Hill Organized Protest, known as CHOP is to be dismantled, after violence in the area over the weekend led to the death of one person, and has left another in a critical condition. Then on Sunday, June 21, a 17-year old youth was shot near Cal Anderson Park, as the marchers were returning from Capitol Hill to the CHOP area to the West Precinct in downtown Seattle.
Reports of multiple gunshots were received at Seattle Police Department’s 911 Center, and the victim was transported by private vehicle to Harborview Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound to his arm, and after refusing to speak with detectives, left the hospital, reports Breaking 911.
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced on Monday, that the violence is in opposition to those peaceful protesters wanting changes to racial inequity and police brutality, reported Fox News.
“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 at a news conference. “The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased.”
Durkan added, “There should be no place in Seattle that the Seattle Fire Department and the Seattle Police Department can’t go.”
The area known as CHOP was cordoned off by activists two weeks ago when they established themselves in a precinct that was abandoned by police after rioters ransacked it, with police were refused entry into the area.
The protesters are demanding police be defunded and for other social justice causes be addressed.
On Monday, in an open letter, a group of 25 CHOP members and activists requested changes to their zone in response to the violence. This included signage to implement a curfew and notices to keep intoxicated individuals out of a safety zone.
“We would like to acknowledge that no organizations, protests, or revolutions are perfect,” the group wrote. “We must all be willing to collectively learn and react quickly to mistakes made within our movement. We do not want to see what was started with the intention of lifting the BLM message destroyed before us all.”
Please read and share: Open letter to the leaders, organizers, and #CHOP community. Physical copies will be available at the 2pm community meeting today. #CHOPcomms #seattleprotests #chazseattle #CHOPseattle #chopshooting #CHAZCHOP #CapitolHill #Seattle pic.twitter.com/hkKKeCTCQi
— VOICES OF CHOP (@ChopVoices) June 21, 2020
Criticism from politicians, including the president has increased over the refusal by protesters in the CHOP area to allow police and first responders in, which becomes a dangerous place after dark.