Seattle police have retaken the East Precinct stationhouse after clearing out the protest area known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP, making more than a dozen arrests after Mayor Jenny Durkan declared the gathering an unlawful assembly following two fatal shootings.
H/T: Fox News
“Our job is to support peaceful demonstration but what has happened on these streets over the last few weeks is lawless and it’s brutal and bottom line it is simply unacceptable,” Police Chief Carmen Best told reporters.
Officers have provided numerous dispersal orders this morning and continue to ask groups and individuals to leave the area. Police are providing safe exit points, and will continue to make arrests of individuals who have refused to comply with dispersal orders.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 1, 2020
NEW: Seattle Police reclaim the Capitol Hill neighborhood from occupiers in the area known as CHOP: pic.twitter.com/zp8N93pFbH— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) July 1, 2020
As of 9:25 AM, officers have made a total of 31 arrests for failure to disperse, obstruction, assault, and unlawful weapon possession. Police continue to provide perimeter security for city crews offering services and performing environmental cleanup.— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 1, 2020
As of 7:45 AM, officers have made 23 arrests in the #CHOP zone for failure to disperse, obstruction, resisting arrest, and assault. One of the arrestees, a 29-year-old man, was in possession of a large metal pipe and kitchen knife when he was taken into custody. pic.twitter.com/12qT7psBQQ— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 1, 2020
#UPDATE: First look at the #CHOP zone since Seattle Police cleared it out this morning.— Deedee Sun (@DeedeeKIRO7) July 1, 2020
Dozens of tents and lots belongings left, but all protestors have been cleared out. @KIRO7Seattle pic.twitter.com/dULugXBtBz
City workers have also recovered improvised spike strips—designed to puncture vehicle tires—in the area of the CHOP. pic.twitter.com/x4Des6hPGq— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 1, 2020
Some of the violence in and armed individuals in the CHOP have been captured by open source video recorded in the area: https://t.co/PCTaMtqntr— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) July 1, 2020
It’s sad that it took two deaths for the Seattle mayor to finally realize what we’ve known all along… WE NEED OUR POLICE!— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) July 1, 2020