Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (D) has enabled anarchist control of the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. While the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), now renamed the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP), continues to fester, crime is on the rise.
So too is the body count in the armed commune. Now, two black teenagers have been shot. A 16-year-old died despite his doctors’ best efforts. A 14-year-old victim remains in intensive care.
Coverage of the latest shooting in Seattle remains scant, although the BBC published a report about the city’s abysmal attempt at self-policing.
In a statement, Seattle hospital Harborview Medical Center said one of the boys was brought in by a private vehicle at 03:15 local time, while the other was driven in by the Fire Department’s medical team at 03:30 on Monday.
“The male shooting victim who arrived to Harborview… at 03:30 from the Chop area on Capitol Hill in Seattle has unfortunately died,” the statement added.
Although the site was initially occupied by hundreds of peaceful protesters, this is the fourth shooting within the boundaries of Chop in the last 10 days.
After the latest violence city officials have said they are considering dismantling Chop, and reopening a police station in the area that was abandoned by officers when the zone was first set up.
Last week, Mayor Durkan said she would work with both sides to bring an end to the stalemate. Now, both the anarchists and advocates for law and order are calling for her resignation. Is it time to call in the national guard? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and while you’re at it hit the Facebook share button at the top of your screen!
UPDATE: Person shot and killed by CHOP “security” was 16. Person shot and in critical is 14, per SPD.
— Brandi Kruse (@BrandiKruse) June 29, 2020