In a series of shootings in Seattle calling itself a police-free zone, the latest shooting was a 16-year-old deceased and a 14-year-old whose life was in danger.
Originally home to hundreds of peaceful protesters, four other people in the area have been shot during the past 10 days, including the murder of a 19-year-old man. The violence made some officials seriously doubt the safety of the camp and hoped to take steps to demolish the camp.
The police said in the police blog that around 3am on Monday, there were reports of a white Jeep Cherokee SUV near the Chop concrete roadblock around the protest area. Then, several unidentified people shot at the vehicle.
According to the police blog, “then two injured people, presumably crew members of the jeep” were taken to Harbourview Medical Center. One is transported by private car, while the other is taken away by medical staff. The police are investigating the shooting.
The seal was originally called the Capitol Hill Autonomous Region, or “Chaz” for short, and was established about three weeks ago, after a series of dangerous incidents occurred during protests and law enforcement officers’ protests against police brutality caused by the killing of George Freud conflict. The conflict eventually caused the police to give up the buildings in the area.
Peaceful demonstrators enjoyed free food and community gardens in the area, and held lectures, movie nights and demonstrations. On the main road of the camp, someone painted a “black life” in capital letters.
But recently, with the outbreak of gun violence at night, the number of demonstrators has decreased dramatically.
At a press conference in the occupied area on Monday, police chief Carmen Best said the situation in India was “unsafe for anyone” and said protesters should evacuate the area.
She said: “As an African-American woman with uncles and brothers, I don’t want them to appear in this area.”
However, Best did not provide more details about when officials began to demolish the area.
She said: “I can’t communicate what is going to happen.” “I can tell you that I think it’s enough, I can definitely.”
The only news agency, Converge Media, said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan said at a meeting with demonstrators on Friday that he would remove the concrete barriers surrounding the demonstration area on Sunday and keep those Barricades outside the police east zone. The meeting is allowed. But no one arrived on Sunday to dismiss them until 3 pm on Monday, and the roadblock continued.
A large group of staff from the Seattle Department of Transportation tried to clear obstacles on Friday morning, but was stopped by several people sitting or lying on the ground in front of the equipment.
In recent days, some people in Chop moved the tent away from Cal Anderson Park, so they were closer to the police district. But many people still stay in the park. There are still questions about how protesters respond to cities trying to demolish roadblocks and what happens to people still in the park.
According to Derrick Drungo, a Chop activist who witnessed the incident, a few hours after the shooting, an African-American woman was reportedly killed by Fox News reporter Dan Springer ( Dan Springer).
Drengo said Springer then boarded the truck, and the protesters surrounded the truck and demanded an apology. A woman briefly climbed to the top of the truck. Activists said the reporter’s personal safety details appeared and tried to spray them with pepper powder. The organization moved a concrete barrier in front of the truck to prevent him from leaving.
The reporter then got out of the car and another man with Fox tried to move the truck. Drungo said when driving slowly that the man beat him.
“I went back to the car and the driver kept driving,” Drengo told the Guardian.
“My hand was raised and he beat me six times. I told him to stop,” he added.
Fox News did not respond to requests for comment.
Donald Trump said in a tweet posted on Monday morning: “Seattle’s predators, instigators, anarchists and’protesters’ now refuse to leave the’CHOP’ area. They are against the government, The respect of the mayor of Seattle or the governor of Washington is zero! Bad!”