BREAKING: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan has finally declared an unlawful assembly and has ordered police to clear out the occupied protest zone known as CHOP, with more than a dozen arrests so far in this developing story.
After activists came to the home of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan earlier this week, with protesters at her doorstep, it appeared to be the final straw prompting her to take action on clearing out the protesters who have occupied an area of Seattle for three weeks now.
The mayor issued an executive order declaring an unlawful assembly early on Wednesday, and police issued the order for those gathering to disperse around 5 AM local time, Fox reported.
Durkan’s executive order also follows a series of late-night shootings in the CHOP area which killed two teenagers and seriously wounded three other people.
According to police, a number of other violent crimes have also been documented in the area since demonstrators took over several blocks in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle last month.
“The CHOP has become lawless and brutal,” Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said in a statement. “Four shootings – two fatal – robberies, assaults, violence, and countless property crimes have occurred in this several block area.”
When the occupation of the Capitol Hill area of Seattle began last month, with police abandoning a precinct, Mayor Jenny Durkan referred to the so-called “autonomous zone” that was initially called CHAZ, later CHOP, as more of a festival atmosphere where protesters were having a “summer of love.”
She defended allowing the occupiers to take over the six blocks of Seattle, even trading barbs with President Trump who encouraged her to take the city back under control.
But Mayor Durkan quickly changed her tune this week when protesters arrived outside her home, the address of which is confidential for security reasons, led by far-left Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant, Daily Wire reported.
Durkan also sent a letter on Tuesday night to Seattle City Council President M. Lorena González calling for an investigation into Sawant, alleging among other things that the rally put the lives of her and her family in danger.
The protesters vandalized Durkan’s home and spray-painted obscenities on the exterior. Luckily, Durkan was not home at the time.
Horace Lorenzo Anderson Sr., as the father of a 19-year-old black teen shot and killed inside Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP), spoke out on Monday, demanding the city bring in the National Guard to help break up the “autonomous zone” occupied by protesters that was becoming increasingly violent.
His son, Horace Lorenzo Anderson, Jr., was the first person killed in CHOP, more than a week ago, after gun violence broke out in the occupied zone.
“This doesn’t look like a protest to me no more,” said Anderson Sr, in a tearful statement. “That just looks like they just took over and said we can take over whenever we want to.”
Anderson added that if the city cannot break up the protest alone, they should bring in the National Guard.
“They should have deployed them here to say ‘Man, it’s time to go,’” Anderson said. ” ‘It’s time to move on. And break this up.’”