On Monday the mayor of Seattle announced that they will end the C.H.O.P. zone after a series of shootings.
Saturday morning a 19-year-old man was killed after gunfire erupted at around 2:20 a.m. Medics from ‘CHOP’ rushed him to the hospital where he later died. A second shooting happened about a half-hour later and a block away. That shooting victim, who’s 33-years-old, remains in critical condition in the ICU at Harborview.
The mayor seemed to be disappointed for the group when she said the violence was distracting from changes sought by thousands of peaceful protesters seeking to address racial inequity and police brutality. I guess occupying a 3-6 block area, harassing residents, looting, and destroying a police precinct is her idea of peaceful.
KOMO News reported people in the area complained at the last city council meeting and pleaded for the mayor to step up and enforce the city laws.
“You’re the reason why the situation is what it is today,” said that man who didn’t want to be identified, pointing fingers at both the council and mayor. “You need to take responsibility, step in and enforce our city laws.”
“The residents and homeowners feel hostage,” he added. “We feel like we’re being held hostage in our own neighborhood because city officials are not doing anything about the situation.”
The mayor said her office has been in contact with the organizations responsible for barricading in the city’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. She said she is hopeful that the organizations will leave peacefully.
The mayor has not reported what “organizations” she is in contact with.