By: Ted Patterson
One of the key tenants of “CHOP” is its opposition to the city’s police department, and CHOP residents are evidently failing to protect themselves and their zone.
After Seattle protestors established the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” now known as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (“CHOP”), the city’s Department of Transportation supported the anarchy by providing a taxpayer-funded barrier.
One of the key tenants of CHOP is its opposition to the city’s police department, and CHOP residents are evidently failing to protect themselves and their zone.
Fox Business reports:
One of the groups involved with the so-called Capitol Hill Occupied Protest in Seattle continue pushing to dismantle the city's police department after Seattle Police said a "violent crowd" prevented officers from getting to a shooting victim on Saturday.
"Last night's shooting should redirect us to the task at hand – to defend Black lives by dismantling the Seattle Police Department and investing in real community safety," a group called Decriminalize Seattle said in a statement.
"Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone/Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHAZ/CHOP) emerged from struggle and resistance against the Seattle Police Department (SPD) and its East Precinct in defense of Black lives," the group said. "No single group fought in the streets against cops – instead, many different people from many different belief systems and organizations who all agreed that anti-Black police violence must end struggled together against the SPD and lifted demands for defunding SPD."
"We're just trying to run a small business, make a living, be good members of society. And try to be good neighbors to the neighborhood and I think we’ve really been let down by the mayor's office, the Seattle Police Department and the fire department."
Ted Patterson is editor of Republic Press.