Those who have taken up residence in the “Capitol Hill Organized Protest” (CHOP) encampment in Seattle recently received some bad news from Mayor Jenny Durkan.
Previously referred to as the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (CHAZ), the six-block protest area is set to be dismantled by the city beginning on Sunday, according to The Blaze, with all barriers to be removed except those surrounding the city’s East Precinct police station.
Violence forces mayor’s hand
Mayor Durkan was finally forced to dismantle the camp after multiple shootings left one man dead and two others injured, one of them critically, according to local Fox affiliate KCPQ.
Because first responders have been blocked from reaching the area by the occupiers and the barricades they have installed, a 19-year-old victim who might otherwise have been saved died of his injuries last week, KCPQ noted.
With such violence brewing in the background, the writing was soon on the wall for CHOP, and its eventual end grew imminent.
According to the Seattle Times, Durkan said at a press conference last week: “It’s time for people to go home. It is time for us to restore Cal Anderson and Capitol Hill so it can be a vibrant part of the community. We can still accommodate people who want to protest peacefully, come there, and gather. But the impacts on the businesses and residents and community are now too much.”
While Mayor Durkan is finally doing her job and restoring law and order, the citizens of Seattle would do well to remember that she should have taken action long ago.
It is unfortunate indeed that it took multiple shootings, assaults, vandalism, and other acts of lawlessness for Durkan to finally force an end to the insurrection in her city.
A teaching moment for America
CHAZ, CHOP, or whatever else its anarchist inhabitants wish to call it should stand as a lesson to the rest of the nation as to what happens when city leadership prioritizes the appeasement of radicals over the preservation of law and order.
Contrary to the fawning descriptions provided by the mainstream media and Mayor Durkan herself, the reality is that CHAZ has been a violent and dangerous place, as the New York Post reported, where police were effectively forbidden from intervening to assist victims.
“Emergency calls, which often means somebody’s being assaulted, sometimes it’s a rape, sometimes it’s a robbery, but something bad is happening if it’s a top priority call, and we’re not able to get there,” Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said, according to the Post.
Innocent people and businesses were hurt — perhaps irreparably — by this lawlessness and will likely never receive justice, all thanks to Mayor Durkan’s shameful unwillingness to act. Better late than never, I guess.