Seattle residents said on Sunday that despite rumours that the city would reclaim the “occupied” area known as CHOP, nothing changed on the ground, and the “security” of the protest area has actually caused More “controversy” among residents living nearby.
“They sometimes don’t let people nearby live at night,” Matthew Ploszaj, who lives there, told KOMO News. He told the TV station that he supported the black life problem movement, but he said: “Any political message can enter and occupy a community, which is a “terrible precedent.”
Mayor Jenny Durkan said last week that the city is working with the community to end the “Capitol Hill Occupation Protest” area, and the police will soon move back to the area where they have been heavily Abandoned building.
Dulcan also vowed to address some of the protesters’ demands, including investing more in black communities, working with community leaders to reimagine police, promoting accountability measures and statewide police union reform.
The KOMO report states that any city action is a difficult task. Some entrances there have been reinforced with steel bars and about 70 concrete barriers.
Seattle Police Association Chairman Michael Solan told Fox News on Saturday that business owners and residents there were actually taken hostage.
“Yesterday some chiefs of urban entities entered the area, tried to clear certain border areas (such as blockades), and were resisted. Armed personnel poured into the area and prevented those urban entities and those agencies from completing their work,” he told “Cavuto LIVE”. “So no, this has not been resolved yet. This is still deeply disturbing.”
The Seattle Times reported that hundreds of protesters marched to Durkan’s residence on Sunday to bring their demands to her “door”.
The newspaper said the protesters there rejected her proposal to cut the police budget by $20 million. They say this number is too low. The protesters said they were commemorating a 30-year-old black woman Charleena Lyles, who was killed by police in the city in 2017. The newspaper said it was a peaceful gathering. According to reports, Durkan was in the city hall during the protest.
Washington lawyer Jacob Bozeman (Jacob Bozeman) recently filed a lawsuit against Duke and Washington Governor Jay Insley against CHOP, both Democrats. He said that about 30 people reached out to him to thank him or ask to participate in the proceedings.
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“I don’t understand that someone would say that the mayor and the governor should give up their law enforcement powers…just give them up to the unarmed armed personnel.”
Julia Musto of Fox News, Evi Fordham of Fox Business and The Associated Press contributed to this report