The officers said in a police blog that at around 3:00 am Monday, a white Jeep Cherokee SUV was reported near a Chop concrete barrier that surrounds the protest area. Several unidentified people then fired shots into the vehicle.“Two injured people, most likely the occupants of the Jeep,” were then taken to the Harborview medical center, according to the police blog. One was transported by a private vehicle, while the other was taken away by doctors. Police are investigating the shooting.
Chop, originally named Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone, or “Chaz”, was founded about three weeks ago after a series of dangerous clashes between protesters and law enforcement during demonstrations against police brutality caused by the murder of George Floyd. The clashes resulted in the police abandoning the compound of the neighborhood.
Peaceful protesters filled the area with free food and community gardens, and held speeches, movie nights and workshops. On the other side of the main road to the camp, some people painted “Black Lives Matter” in large, colorful letters.
But recently, with the deluge of nocturnal violence, the number of demonstrators has decreased considerably.
Carmen Police chief Carmen Best said on Monday that the situation in Chop was “not safe for anyone” and said that the protesters should leave the area.
“As an African American woman with uncles and brothers, I would not want them to be in this area,” she said.
But Best did not provide further details on when the authorities would begin to dismantle the area.
“I can’t wire what’s going to happen,” she said. “I can tell you that I think that’s enough, I absolutely do. ”
Jenny Durkan, mayor of Seattle, had previously said at a meeting with protesters on Friday that the concrete barricades surrounding the protest area would be removed on Sunday, and those directly outside the police precinct is would be left, according to Converge Media, the only news agency authorized to attend the meeting. But no crew arrived on Sunday to remove them, and at 3 p.m. Monday, the barricades were still in place.
A large group of Seattle Department of Transportation crews attempted to remove the barriers early Friday morning, but were stopped by several people seated or lying on the ground in front of the equipment.
In recent days, some people in Chop have moved their tents from Cal Anderson Park, so they are closer to the police station. But many still remain in the park. Questions remain as to how protesters will react to the city’s attempt to remove the barricades and what will happen to those still in the park.
Hours after the shooting, an African American woman was allegedly pushed by Fox News reporter Dan Springer, according to Derrick Drungo, a Chop activist who witnessed the incident.
Drungo said that Springer then got into his truck and the protesters surrounded him, asking for an apology. A woman briefly climbed onto the truck. Activists said the journalist’s personal safety information came out and tried to spray it with pepper, and the group moved a concrete barrier in front of the truck to prevent it from leaving.
The reporter then got out of the car and another man with Fox tried to move the truck. Driving very slowly, Drungo said the man hit him.
“I got back in front of the car and the driver continued to drive,” Drungo told the Guardian.
“My hands were in the air and he hit me six times. I told him to stop, “he added.
Fox News did not respond to a request for comment.
In a tweet Monday morning, Donald Trump said, “Looters, agitators, anarchists and” protesters “in Seattle are now refusing to leave the” CHOP “area. They have zero respect for the government, the mayor of Seattle or the governor of Washington state! Not good! “