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Seattle officials vow to clear out violent ‘CHOP’ zone, but residents ask why it took a murder

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Above, Seattle police officer in 2009 walking by a fire truck. Photographer Joe Mabel, CC BY SA 3.0.  

Seattle officials vow to clear out the violent CHOP zone. Residents ask why it took a murder to prompt this decision. This was reported by local Fox News at 4:54pm on June 22. Mayork Durkan has vowed to demilitarize the violent Capitol Hill Occupied Protest or “CHOP” zone. Durkan has also noted that the authorities may make concessions for the protesters’ demands. This would include investing more in African American communities. 

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Mayor Durkan addressed Seattle in an official statement that was reported on June 22. 

“The cumulative impacts of the gatherings and protests and the nighttime atmosphere and violence has led to increasingly difficult circumstances for our businesses and residents. The impacts have increased and the safety has decreased,” said Durkan, as he was quoted by Fox News. 

The community of Seattle noted that Mayor Durkan made this statement only after a fatal shooting incident on Sunday. King 5 reported at least two shootings over the week. See below.

Durkan has recently been on Twitter to discuss her plans for the city moving forward. Durkan moves to send mental health counselors and social workers to the scene of some 911 calls in the future. 

“We must deploy the right person with the right skills into a situation – like mental health specialists, domestic violence counselors, or addiction counselors. We must expand programs that follow these models, like SPD’s Community Service Officers and @SeattleFire‘s Health One,” began Durkan in a series of tweets from June 22, that described policing moving forward. 

“But Chief @carmenbest has made it clear to me that for the short-term, our Police Department will need East Precinct to ensure public safety and appropriately respond to more than 100,000 9-1-1 calls. In the near future, SPD will be peacefully returning to the East Precinct.

But we will not lose sight of the future: part of our plan to re-imagine policing should will also include the long-term future of the East Precinct on Capitol Hill and how police and community resources are present in our communities.

“On Capitol Hill and across Seattle, we need to have true community space – with connections to community-based organizations, health clinics, and restorative justice programs – that will help us move forward together to dismantle generations of systemic racism in our City,” Durkan concluded the series of tweets that posted at 8:22pm on June 22. 

Durkan’s position on policing in Seattle moving forward has caused the call for her resignation. 

In the wake of violent protests, President Trump has also authorized the Federal government to take more decisive action. 

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“I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent…This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!,” said President Trump in a tweet thread that was posted at 5:46 am on June 23. 

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