After a week of violent protests over the death of George Floyd, the Seattle police department was forced to board up and evacuate the East Precinct building on Monday night which has led to a group of protesters setting up occupancy with tents and barricading the six-block surrounding area declaring it a “cop-free zone” calling to defund the police.
Angry about how the situation has unraveled, Police Chief Carmen Best addressed her officers on Thursday in a video, “The decision to board up the precinct, our precinct, our home, the first precinct I worked in, was something I had been holding off. You should know, leaving the precinct was not my decision…a man allegedly drove into a crowd of protestors Sunday night and shot someone just a block away from the building. You fought for days to protect it, I asked you to stand on that line, day in and day out- to be pelted with projectiles, to be screamed at, threatened, and in some cases hurt.”
Protesters in Seattle allegedly threw rocks, glass bottles, and explosives forcing police officers to use blast balls and pepper spray to break up the crowds since the city of Seattle decided to ban police from utilizing tear gas.
Chief Best blamed the city for cracking under severe public pressure in deciding to pull out of the East Precinct building, “To have a change of course, nearly two weeks in, it seems like an insult to you and our community.”
Protesters and demonstrators that now surround the abandoned area have since painted BLACK LIVES MATTER in the middle of the street and renamed two streets “BLACK LIVES MATTER Way” and “BLACK LIVES MATTER Square.” A giant black banner reads “THIS SPACE IS NOW PROPERTY OF THE SEATTLE PEOPLE.” Barricades are spray-painted with messages such as “You are now leaving the USA” and “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” also known as The CHAZ zone.
“Defund the Police Department, fund community health, and drop all criminal charges against protesters” are the list of three demands posted to an outside wall of the abandoned police building.
Raz Simone, a Seattle rapper, has been accused of declaring himself a warlord and has been, along with a few friends, patrolling the CHAZ with an AK-47, several handguns, and megaphone declaring themselves the new police.
Police call response times in the Seattle area commonly served by the East Precinct have recently advanced from just over 5 minutes to now 18 minutes.”There are people’s lives who are affected,” Chief Best said. “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…” She added that secondary calls are taking almost an hour.
President Donald Trump is enraged by the situation and tweeted Wednesday that “domestic terrorists” had taken over and that he blamed the city’s “radical left Democrats” for contributing to the unrest. President Trump challenged Seattle’s Mayor Jenny Durkan to “take back your city NOW… If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game.” Mayor Durkan responded back to the President with “Make us all safe. Go back to your bunker.”
Thursday morning the President also tweeted that the protesters needed to “get out of Seattle now” and that Democrat Washington Governor Jay Inslee was looking like a “fool.”
Fox News Conservative Contributor Ben Shapiro had no problem speaking out against the situation in Seattle when one protester claimed that their food supply was running low after a group of homeless people they invited “took away all the food. “You got rid of law and order and then the homeless people came and took all your food … this is what happens, you stupid Communists,” Shapiro added, “This is beyond parody… It’s like the right wing made this up … it’s as though it came from the fever dream of Tom Wolfe.”
What has emerged is an experiment in life without the police. Absolute chaos.