Seattle residents said Sunday that despite rumors that the city would recover the “occupied” area known as CHOP, little has changed on the ground and “security” in the protest zone has actually become more “controversial”. with residents living nearby.
“They won’t let people in the neighborhood occasionally at night,” Matthew Ploszaj, who lives there, told KOMO News. He told the station to support the Black Lives Matter movement, but said it is a “terrible precedent” that “any political message can enter and occupy a neighborhood.”
Mayor Jenny Durkan said last week that the city is working with the community to end Capitol Hill’s “Occupied Protest” area and that the police would soon return to an enclosed building that they had largely abandoned in the area. .
Durkan also promised to respond to some of the protesters’ demands, including investing more in black communities, reinventing the police in cooperation with community leaders and pushing for accountability measures and state reform of the police unions.
The KOMO report indicated that any action in the city would be a Herculean task. Some entrances have been fortified with reinforcement and about 70 concrete barriers.
Michael Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild, told Fox News Saturday that business owners and residents are actually held hostage.
“There were some city entities, as far as the heads were concerned, who yesterday went to the area to try to remove some border areas – up to the blocks – and met resistance. Armed people poured into the area and have prevented those city entities, those agencies to get the job done, “he told Cavuto LIVE. “So no, this hasn’t been resolved. It’s still deeply disturbing.”
The Seattle Times reported that hundreds of protesters marched to Durkan’s home Sunday to bring their requests to his “front door”.
The document claims that protesters rejected his proposal to cut the police budget by $ 20 million. They said the figure was too low. Protesters claimed to honor a black woman, Charleena Lyles, 30, who was killed by police in 2017 in the city. The newspaper said it was a peaceful gathering. Durkan was at the town hall during the protest, according to the newspaper.
Jacob Bozeman, a Washington lawyer, recently filed a lawsuit against Durkan and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, both Democrats, for CHOP. About 30 people contacted him to thank him or ask to participate in the lawsuit, he said.
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“I can’t understand how we can say that the mayor and the governor of the state have to give up their supervisory authority … to give up an armed group of people who are not elected.”
Fox News ‘Julia Musto, Fox Business’, Evie Fordham and the Associated Press contributed to this report