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Satterberg Seattle Sizzle Backstory
“You’re now leaving the USA.” Those were the chilling words painted on one of the barricades situated at the entrance to the Capitol Hill Organized Protest. By now, we’ve all heard of the CHOP, but how did it come about, and what actually happened in the Seattle neighborhood taken over by protesters?
On May 25th, 2020, Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was one of four officers responding to a call about an alleged $20 counterfeit bill passed at a convenience store. What they found was a man clearly under the influence of some substance and in distress. That man was George Floyd.
When the police officers attempted to arrest Floyd—a big man—he resisted. The officers wrestled him over to a squad car and tried to put him in the back seat. “I’m claustrophobic!” Floyd screamed. The officers told him they would roll the windows down and stay with him, but Floyd continued to struggle.
Eventually, Floyd was taken to the ground and put on his stomach. Officer Chauvin put his knee on the back of Floyd’s neck and held it there…for eight minutes and forty-six seconds. When Chauvin finally got up, Floyd was dead.
No matter what happened before Chauvin put his knee on Floyd’s neck, there was no good reason to hold it there for over eight minutes. Floyd’s death was unjustified, and the condemnation of Chauvin’s actions was swift. The next day, Chauvin was fired, and on May 29th, he was arrested on charges of third-degree murder.
The shocking video of Floyd’s death began to circulate, and before long, hundreds of people filled the streets of Minneapolis. The hundreds turned into thousands, and then the protests spread. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Portland, Seattle, and even overseas people gathered to protest “systemic racism” and police brutality.
Politicians, athletes, and celebrities all took to the streets to chant, march, and hold signs. “Justice for George Floyd!” they shouted. “Black lives matter,” “say their names,” and “hands up, don’t shoot,” were other rallying cries shouted in the streets of America.
However, something began to shift. While the protests remained mostly peaceful during the day, as the sun began to set and day turned into night, the protesters turned into rioters and looters. They raided Macy’s, Nordstroms, Nike, and even Amazon. They broke into small businesses without discretion. Small businesses struggling to come back after the COVID-19 lockdowns suddenly had a new crisis on their hands.
Police were deployed to put down the looters, and things quickly turned violent. The violence was especially pronounced in Seattle’s Capitol Hill area, where police and rioters violently clashed. The SPD used tear gas, rubber bullets, and truncheons in an attempt to quell the riots and restore order to the Capitol Hill area, but the rioters were not dissuaded.
On June 8th, after a week of violence in the streets, Seattle police left the East Police Precinct in an attempt to deescalate the situation and force the rioters out of the street. “We’re not going to evacuate or abandon the East Precinct,” SPD Chief Carmen Best said. “We will be hardening the East Precinct facility by boarding up the exterior windows, and applying fire retardant to the building exterior and installing fencing. This is an exercise in trust and de-escalation.”
The protesters quickly took advantage of the empty police precinct and established the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ). Colorful cement barricades framed the six-block area of Seattle free of the police and brimming with protesters. The police precinct became a large canvas for murals remembering George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and others who were victims of “systemic racism.” A “no cop co-op” was established to provide the protestors with essentials like water bottles, first aid, snacks, and clothes; and a garden exclusively for “Black, Indigenous, and People of Color” (BIPOC) sprung up in Cal Anderson Park.
After establishing CHAZ, a list of demands was released on Medium directed at the Seattle city council and Mayor Jenny Durkan. The list began: “The Seattle Police Department and attached court system are beyond reform. We do not request reform, we demand abolition. We demand that the Seattle Council and the Mayor defund and abolish the Seattle Police Department and the attached Criminal Justice Apparatus.” Other demands included “reparations for victims of police brutality,” “a retrial of all People in [sic] Color currently serving a a prison sentence,” “the abolition of imprisonment,” and “free college for the people of the state of Washington,” among others.
CHAZ became a national news story and a flashpoint in the country’s discourse. President Donald Trump weighed in on the issue via tweet on June 11th, tweeting, “Radical Left Governor @JayInslee and the Mayor of Seattle are being taunted and played at a level that our great Country has never seen before. Take back your city NOW. If you don’t do it, I will. This is not a game. These ugly Anarchists must be stooped [sic] IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!”
The night of President Trump’s tweet, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan went on CNN’s Prime Time with Chris Cuomo to discuss the situation in Seattle. During the interview, Durkan described CHAZ as having “a block party atmosphere.” Cuomo pointed out that “block parties don’t take over a municipal building, let alone a police station, and destroy it, basically thumbing their nose at any sense of civic control.”
At the end of the interview, Cuomo asked, “How long do you think Seattle in those few blocks looks like this?” Durkan responded with the infamous words: “I don’t know. We could have a Summer of Love.”
On June 13th, CHAZ leadership “officially” changed the name of the zone to the “Capitol Hill Occupied Protest” or CHOP to rid the words “autonomous zone.” However, it was quickly changed once again to the “Capitol Hill Organized Protest” after CHOP residents pointed out that the rightful owners of the land were the Duwamish Indian People.
As Mayor Durkan twiddled her thumbs and refused to send in police to retake the police precinct, CHOP became a hotspot for not only protesting, but also homeless encampments, drugs, and violence.
The violence reached a crescendo on June 20th when two separate early morning shootings shook the CHOP. The first shooting happened around two in the morning and left nineteen-year-old Horace Lorenzo Anderson—who was African-American—dead. The second shooting occurred less than an hour later and left thirty-three-year-old DeJuan Young in critical condition.
When police tried to enter the CHOP to investigate the shootings and treat the victims, they were met with heavy resistance by protesters and forced to retreat from the area.
Less than forty-eight hours after the first shooting, a seventeen-year-old male was shot and transported to the hospital with a wound to the arm.
After the third shooting, Mayor Durkan called a press conference to address the violence. “We cannot let acts of violence define this movement for change,” she said. “It’s time for people to go home. To restore order and eliminate the violence on Capitol Hill.
Despite her words, Durkan and the SPD did not move in to take back the zone. However, the area of the zone was shrunk to provide for the movement of public transpiration.
Around three in the morning on June 29th, tragedy struck again when over a dozen gunshots rang out form Cal Anderson Park within the CHOP. A few minutes later, almost twenty more shots were fired. When it was all over, a white Jeep was riddled with bullets, and sixteen-year-old Antonio Mays was dead. A fourteen-year-old had also been wounded and was in critical condition.
The next day, Community Roots Housing—a public development authority—released a statement: “These residents have become victims of an occupation better characterized today by its violence, chaos and killings than anything else. Forcing us to choose between anarchy and police brutality is a false dichotomy. Compassion and law-enforcement should not be mutually exclusive.”
On July 1st, Mayor Durkan finally took action to dismantle the CHOP issuing an executive order that declared “gathering in this area an unlawful assembly requiring immediate action from city agencies, including the Police Department.”
By the end of the day, as quickly as it has appeared, the CHOP was gone. The SPD and the FBI swooped in, cleared the area, and made over forty arrests. Just like that, the “Summer of Love” was over.
In the days and weeks following the collapse of the CHOP, several lawsuits were filed against the City of Seattle and Mayor Durkan, including one by Donnitta Sinclair Martin, the mother of Horace Lorenzo Anderson.
King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg has been so far reluctant to prosecute anyone in connection to the CHOP, saying, “It requires us to use our imagination, and to not make things worse, and frankly, I think, filing a bunch of cases against protesters who went to a protest and came home with a felony charge…that would be the wrong thing to do right now.” Satterberg has also refused to prosecute many cases of assault on police officers.
The CHOP is an example of what happens when the thin blue line dividing order and chaos is dissolved. Without law enforcement, anarchy reigns supreme. Rape, drugs, assault, and murder filled the CHOP because the law was, essentially, dead. Without law enforcement, the law is of no effect.
Let the CHOP be a warning: the order and safety we enjoy is fragile. It only takes one day of chaos from decades of lawlessness by King County Prosecutors to undermine the rule of law in the city of Seattle. – by A.N.
And they took offense at him. – Matthew 13:57
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