The mainstream media has ignored disturbing reports of rampant crime and assault within Seattle’s re-branded Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), now known as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP).
Liberal pundits have attempted to characterize the occupied zone as peaceful and cooperative, and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkin even said that the “protest” may spark a “summer of love.” On Friday night, that narrative was blown wide open when a Saturday morning shoot-out inside the CHOP took the life of one occupant and sent another to the hospital in critical condition.
Since law enforcement has been strictly banned from entering the zone, the circumstances surrounding the shooting are still murky.
The Seattle Times reported:
Seattle police in a post Saturday on its blotter said police attempted to respond to a report of shots fired at Cal Anderson Park, inside the CHOP protest zone and across the street from the abandoned East Precinct, but officers “were met by a violent crowd that prevented officers safe access to the victims.”
“Officers were later informed that the victims, both males, had been transported to Harborview Medical Center by CHOP medics,” the post said.
Police said a 19-year-old man was pronounced dead at Harborview Medica. Center. A second man suffered life-threatening injuries.
Footage and reporting about what’s actually happening within the roughly six-block area that is cordoned off with makeshift barriers and patrolled by sometimes-armed guards is hard to come by, because organizers of the CHOP are hostile to law enforcement and journalists that are not aligned with their agenda.
However, according to citizen journalist Omari Salisbury with Converge Media, who has been documenting the protests, the scene was “pandemonium.”
The Times reported that Salisbury said that victims were first treated at the zone’s and that “the medics and others argued over whether they should call Medic One or transport the victims themselves. “There was a lot of confusion,” he says on the video.”
Seattle Police Officers Guild President Michael Solan warned that the situation “can’t stand in America.”
“This is a direct result of city leadership, elected officials failing the reasonable community of Seattle to enforce the rule of law,” Solan told Fox’s Pete Hegseth soon after the event. “And, this just isn’t the area occupied in a six-block zone where police are still forbidden and still don’t have their East precinct. This is now impacting our entire city.”