President Donald Trump demanded that Seattle officials immediately take back control of an area six blocks away and a police station that has been taken over by armed George Floyd protesters demanding the dissolution of the department police and city courts.
‘Left radical governor [of Washington, Jay Inslee] and the mayor of Seattle is taunted and played at a level that our great country has never seen before, “Trump tweeted Wednesday evening.
“Take back your city NOW. If you don’t, I will. It’s not a game. These naughty anarchists must be bent [sic] AT ONCE. Hurry up! ’He continued. “The national terrorists have taken control of Seattle, led by radical left democrats, of course. LAW AND ORDER!’
This followed astonishing developments in Seattle, where protesters established what they call the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” or CHAZ, setting up barricades and armed checkpoints and declaring that the police are not allowed to inside the area.
There were equally chaotic scenes in Portland, another democratically prolific city, where protesters removed the police fencing that surrounded the courthouse to smash the walls.
It was suggested that they too were trying to build an autonomous area, but their efforts were not as organized as those of Seattle and the crowd dispersed at 2 a.m. after playing beach ball and dancing in the street.
Journalists at the scene said the police had shot rubber bullets and pepperballs in the crowd to try to prevent people from knocking down the fence.
The Seattle “area”, which includes apartment buildings and businesses, also contains the east end of the Seattle Police Department, which the police abandoned on Monday after receiving threats that the station would be raided and set on fire. A degraded sign outside the compound now reads “Seattle People Department”.
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A map created by protesters shows the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” or CHAZ, in Seattle, where protesters hold barricades and control entry. CHAZ includes apartments, businesses and an abandoned police station
Armed men are seen occupying checkpoints controlling entry to CHAZ. Police say they have received complaints that protesters are asking for money to enter the area and are shaking up businesses inside to get “protection money”
A sign is seen on a barrier at the entrance to the so-called “Capitol Hill Autonomous Area” June 10, 2020 in Seattle, Washington
A group performs a free show in front of the Seattle East Precinct Police Department in the so-called Capitol Hill Autonomous Area
A group performs a free performance in front of the Seattle East Precinct Police Department in the so-called “Capitol Hill Autonomous Area” June 10, 2020 in Seattle, Washington
A man carrying an automatic weapon works safely at a checkpoint in the so-called “Capitol Hill Autonomous Area” June 10, 2020 in Seattle, Washington
A degraded sign outside the Seattle East Precinct Police Service is seen Tuesday in Seattle, Washington. The station was abandoned on Monday and is now under the control of CHAZ authorities
PORTLAND PROTESTERS ‘COPY’ SEATTLE – BUT GIVE UP THEIR ‘FREE ZONE’ AFTER PLAYING BEACH BALL AND FALLING WITH RUBBER BALLS
Protesters in Portland were accused of “copying” those in Seattle on Wednesday evening, but they did not quite reach the same level of organization.
Protesters gathered at the Justice Center where a fence had been erected by the police to protect it from the crowd.
They damaged the fence, knocked it over in part and folded it in others, approaching the building to pulverize it.
Some media have reported that they are crying out for their own autonomous zone, but it is unclear whether that was their mission or whether it was an impulsive decision.
The protesters were largely peaceful – they folded models of resignation letters into paper airplanes and put them over the fence for the police, and some played beach balls at the scene.
However, police fired rubber bullets at the crowd – journalists said – and pepper them.
The crowd dispersed around 2 am, according to the police department.
Armed demonstrators have spotted checkpoints where they check IDs and search people at the entrances to the area.
Police say they have received complaints that protesters are asking for money to enter the area, as well as “protection fees” from the companies under their control.
Seattle Deputy Police Chief Deanna Nollette said at a press conference on Wednesday that although Washington is an open port state where firearms are permitted, it is a crime to use them for threaten or intimidate others.
She urged anyone subject to the protesters’ calls to call 911, describing their alleged behavior as extortion.
However, police sources say the ministry is now only responding to priority calls for an ongoing violent crime, and it is not certain that they would be able to do more than take a report by phone.
Anti-police protesters disputed Nollette’s description of what was going on inside the so-called autonomous area.
“It couldn’t be less true. It’s incredibly open and peaceful in the CHAZ. Open businesses sell flowers, turn their parking lots into med tents, put support signs in their windows, ”said one person.
A KIRO-FM reporter was allowed to enter CHAZ on Tuesday, and said that free food and medical aid were available for protesters on every street corner.
Food and supplies were also distributed to the local homeless population, and protesters were organizing a garbage collection for Wednesday, the reporter said.
Wednesday evening, demonstrators from the area settled to watch the documentary Paris burn on a portable projector installed in the street. The film focuses on drag queens living in New York.
However, other reports on social media have indicated that everything is not going smoothly within CHAZ.
Some have claimed that rapper Raz Simone had established himself as a “warlord” within CHAZ and patrolled with armed men.
On Wednesday, a video appeared showing Simone and several other men confronting another man in CHAZ, accusing him of having tagged someone else’s graffiti.
“We are the police of this community now!” A member of Simone’s entourage is heard to say to the man, who shrugs them and continues to mark the side of a building.
The video shows that the confrontation degenerates quickly while Simone’s entourage demands the departure of the tagger, while the stampede bursts and someone shouts “chill, chill!”
The shouts continue while the tagger is pushed back and followed for several blocks.
“For your own safety, you have to go,” said the woman filming the video at one point. “We had to get to the point where physically processing it was the best way to get our message out.”
Simone called for long-term occupation of the area, tweeting, “Get out now and hold it down. “
“We will be here as long as it takes, so bring a tent and a blanket,” he added.
On Wednesday evening, Simone responded to the president’s tweets: “The president really hit my head. I am not a terrorist warlord. Stop spreading this false story.
“The world has NEVER been ready for a strong black man. We were peaceful and nothing else. If I die, don’t leave it in vain. “
Nollette, the police officer, said that although there is no longer a police presence inside the area, “we are working to reopen a dialogue.”
She said the department hopes to reopen the compound so that it can improve response time for Seattle police and allow detectives to continue working on criminal investigation cases.
The protesters said they would remain in control of the area until their demands were met, including the dissolution of the Seattle Police Service and the resignation of Mayor Jenny Durkan.
At a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Inslee, a Democrat, pleaded ignorance of CHAZ and said that he had not heard of developments in Seattle.
On Tuesday evening, about 300 protesters temporarily took over Seattle City Hall, carrying Black Lives Matter banners and calling on Mayor Durkan to step down, chanting “Durkan must go!”
The group was led by Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant, who unlocked the building and welcomed the protesters inside.
Images shared on social media show protesters giving impassioned speeches, saying that calls to end systemic racism and police brutality after Floyd’s death “make history”.
“See what we are doing here?” Do you really see the breadth of what we do here? we hear a speaker say to the crowd.
“First time in this building and we are making history.”
Crowds only camped inside the government building for about an hour before continuing to the new Capitol Hill Autonomous Area, an area occupied by protesters around a police station.
Barricades are seen at the perimeter of the CHAZ, declaring the area “without cops”
Layers of makeshift barricades protect protesters inside CHAZ from police raids
Another barricade declares that CHAZ is a sovereign entity independent of the United States of America
A sign on a catering stand in the CHAZ requires that the police be stripped of the legal protections they receive at work
Some have claimed that rapper Raz Simone (above) established himself as a “warlord” within CHAZ and patrolled with gunmen to uphold community standards. “I am not a terrorist warlord,” Simone said in a statement.
In an argument with a graffiti artist, Simone (above) or a member of her entourage shouted “We are the police now”
Video leaked inside CHAZ shows Simone (left and right) facing a tagger (in a beige hat) who was painting someone else’s graffiti in an argument that became violent
A disfigured sign outside the eastern Seattle Police Department after protesters chased the cops and set up a six-block “autonomous zone” in memory of George Floyd
Protesters temporarily took control of Seattle City Hall on Tuesday to demand the resignation of the mayor after creating an autonomous area six blocks in memory of George Floyd and prosecuting city police for their aggressive tactics.
The group was led by Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant, who unlocked the building and welcomed the protesters inside.
Durkan has been criticized for handling civil unrest in the city, and calls are mounting for her to resign.
Sawant – a staunch critic of the mayor – asked Durkan to resign and criticized him for the “violence and brutality” of the cops against the demonstrators.
“If Mayor Durkan refuses to step down, it will be the responsibility of city council to step down, introducing articles of impeachment,” said Sawant last week.
“Police inflicted tear gas, mass, rubber bullets, flash bang grenades, curfews, arrests and other repressive tactics against activists and residents of Seattle – including children – in order to intimidate and silence the protest movement. “
The takeover of City Hall on Tuesday came just hours after a Black Lives Matter group sued the city for “unnecessary violence” perpetrated by cops against demonstrators across the city.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, the Korematsu Center at Seattle University School of Law and the law firm Perkins Coie on Tuesday filed the lawsuit on behalf of Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County.
“These daily demonstrations are fueled by people from all over the city who demand that the police stop using excessive force against blacks, and they demand that Seattle dismantle its racist systems of oppression”, Livio De La Cruz, member of the Black Lives Matter Seattle -King County’s board of directors said in a statement on the suit.
Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant, spokesperson for Mayor Jenny Durkan, speaks at a rally on Monday
The peaceful crowd only camped inside the government building for about an hour before continuing the peaceful march to the new Capitol Hill Autonomous Area.
Protesters marched through Seattle streets to the “free zone” after occupying city hall for about an hour
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (pictured) has been criticized for handling civil unrest in the city, and calls are mounting for her to resign
People then sit in the new “free zone” to watch a documentary screening Tuesday evening
Graffiti outside the on-board police compound. The takeover of City Hall on Tuesday came just hours after a Black Lives Matter group sued the city for “unnecessary violence” perpetrated by cops against demonstrators across the city.
“It is unacceptable for the Seattle Police Department to react to these protests with excessive force, including the use of tear gas and flashbang grenades. “
The trial indicates that the use of chemical agents violates the rights of the fourth amendment and the first amendment of the demonstrators and marks the use of such “reckless” tools in the middle of the respiratory pandemic COVID-19.
Cops were caught on camera acting aggressively and spraying tear gas and pepper spray on the faces of peaceful protesters during the weeks of civil unrest following Floyd’s death on Remembrance Day.
Durkan and police chief Carmen Best apologized to protesters for the officers’ brutal tactics and banned the use of tear gas for at least 30 days from Friday.
Protesters established a six-block radius around the eastern police compound and called it the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” (above)
A pop-up store with free snacks, water, and other items is seen in the autonomous zone – which is now free of cops and cars, and occupied by protesters
A sign indicates a smoking section in the “free zone”. Police chief says cop’s decision to leave area is “confidence and de-escalation” exercise
On Tuesday, people are sitting on the street in front of the East Precinct. The area had been the site of tensions and laconic confrontations between the police and the demonstrators before the police went into the compound and withdrew from the area
A sign outside the eastern precinct. Calls are increasing for the city police service to be funded
Two nights later, police were again seen using tear gas, pepper spray and rounds grenades against the crowd on Sunday evening.
“CS gas has been cleared,” tweeted the Seattle Police Department after midnight Sunday about backpedaling.
“In the interest of public safety and life, leave the area now.”
This came after the protests turned violent when a man plowed his car into the crowd and shot a 27-year-old protester.
Protesters clash with police near the Seattle East Precinct precinct shortly after midnight June 8. The police abandoned the neighborhood soon after, and the CHAZ was created
The use of tear gas was banned for at least 30 days from Friday, but cops were seen again launching protesters on Sunday evening (above)
Protesters clash with law enforcement near the Seattle Police Department’s east compound shortly after midnight
A protester holds flowers as he faces a wall of police in riot gear Sunday evening when tensions escalated between the two sides
Protests turned violent Sunday evening when a man plowed his car into the crowd and shot a 27-year-old protester
À la suite d’une réaction brutale contre le recours renouvelé à la force, des policiers ont enlevé des barricades autour du quartier est du département de police à Capitol Hill lundi, amenant les manifestants à mettre en place la zone autonome de Capitol Hill autour.
La zone avait été le lieu de tensions et de confrontations laconiques entre les forces de l’ordre et les manifestants avant que la police n’embarque dans l’enceinte et ne se retire de la zone – une décision Best décrite comme un exercice de « confiance et de désescalade ».
Le rayon de six pâtés de maisons est depuis devenu une sorte de camp où les manifestants se réunissent chaque nuit pour organiser des mémoriaux pour Floyd et marcher devant le bâtiment.
Les manifestants le décrivent comme une «zone libre» car il est exempt de flics et de voitures, et il contient des tentes pour les personnes qui cherchent à camper la nuit.
Le bureau de Durkan a déclaré à DailyMail.com dans un communiqué que la ville était « confrontée à sa période la plus difficile de son histoire ».
« En tant que personne qui a initialement enquêté sur le service de police de Seattle pour usage anticonstitutionnel de la force, le maire Durkan estime que le SPD peut diriger le pays dans la poursuite des réformes et de la responsabilité, mais sait que cette semaine a érodé la confiance à un moment où la confiance est la plus cruciale ». le bureau a déclaré mercredi