SEATTLE has been “liberated” after cops bulldoze CHOP – as families demand answers about teenagers who were killed in the “autonomous zone.”
Following the news that CHOP had been cleared out, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany called the area a “failed four-week Democrat experiment.”
Officers told get out of the Cal Anderson Park on July 1[/caption]
“We are pleased to report law and order has prevailed and Seattle has been liberated from the anarchists,” she said at a White House press conference.
On Wednesday, cops released footage of Seattle’s forceful “CHOP” zone cleanout after violence surged inside the “autonomous zone” where 13 people were arrested.
Seattle Police shared videos of the chaos which took place in the city’s occupied zone – Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP).
In one video clip, one man is heard saying: “More shots fire, I’m running away.”
Kayleigh McEnany said the city has become ‘liberated’[/caption]
City crews work to dismantle the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) on July 4[/caption]
Police released video footage of the chaos which took place in CHOP[/caption]
After multiple shots were fired in the background, what sounds like the same man says: “This has got to be the end of CHOP in my opinion. This second shooting.
“I think it’s pretty much over after this. This is kind of a nightmare.”
Another clip showed people screaming and fighting.
Gunshots were also spotted on cars and people were seen toting guns in the streets in Seattle, Washington.
The Seattle Police Department tweeted: “Due to ongoing violence and public safety issues in the East Precinct/Cal Anderson Park area.
“Mayor Jenny Durkan has issued an executive order to vacate the area. Seattle police will be in the area this morning enforcing the Mayor’s order.”
A video clip shows one of the violent incidents that took place in Seattle’s Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP) zone[/caption]
Police arrested a man as CHOP was dismantled on July 1[/caption]
Demonstrations started in the “CHOP” zone on June 8th – prompting robberies, assaults, and other violent crimes, according the police department.
“CHOP” was originally called the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone,” or “CHAZ,” by protesters until it was changed.
Protesters had cordoned off the several-block area near a police station after violent clashes with cops.
They took over the area after cops abandoned the East Precinct building and a “Black Lives Matter” mural was painted on the street.
Seattle police added in followup tweets on Wednesday: “Two teenagers have been killed and three people have been seriously wounded in late-night shootings.
“Because suspects in recent shootings may still be in the area, and because numerous people in the area are in possession of firearms, Seattle Police officers involved in this morning’s response will be equipped with additional protective gear.”
Violence plagued the Seattle’s CHOP zone and video captured some men walking with guns[/caption]
On Monday, 16-year-old Antonio Mays Jr. was fatally shot inside “CHOP” and a boy, 14, was left in critical condition from the shooting.
A friend claimed that Mays Jr had hijacked a Jeep and drove with his friend into the zone “for safety.”
Ciara Walker, 25, told the Daily Mail that she was on the phone to the boys when the incident occurred: “The last thing I heard was a crash and pop pop pop, I’m not sure who said what, but one of them said, ‘Ah s**t I’m hit, I don’t wanna die.’ Then the phone went dead.”
She told the outlet that she had only known the boys for the past few months, saying: “they were runaways, we don’t know much about them.
“They weren’t gang members even though they hung out with Blood gang members.”
“They held someone up at knifepoint to carjack the Jeep.
“Both [Mays Jr] and [redacted] came to us and told us they were being chased, we told them to get away from them.
“They had told us that a car was following them with guns and another black Chevy Suburban that had the words ”Security” written on the car was following them, as well shooting at them.
“We told them to turn around and drive to the police precinct in the CHOP for safety on 12th and Pine.
“They drove into the CHOP zone not to ambush the sleeping protesters but for their own safety and it ended up costing at least one of them their life.”
A fight is seen in one of the video clips released by police[/caption]
People fight in Seattle’s CHOP zone[/caption]
Last week, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan announced cops would finally return to CHOP and pleaded with protesters to leave.
Durkan said she was hoping people would “voluntarily” vacate the ceded territory surrounding Cal Anderson Park after a weekend of violence.
On June 20, teenage rapper Lorenzo Anderson, 19, was fatally shot – but cops and firefighters were blocked from helping him by angry crowds.
During an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, his father, Horace Lorenzo Anderson was asking for answers.
“It’s been almost two weeks and I haven’t heard from nobody.”
“They wouldn’t even let me see my son that night, it took a whole week before I saw my son I went to the hospital and they said we wouldn’t see him.”
Anderson then broke down in tears and begged: “Somebody need to come tell me something, cos I still don’t know nothing and somebody needs to come to my door and tell me something.
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“All I know is my son got killed up here… that’s my son.”
After two shootings, Durkan had confirmed police officers would be retaking the East Precinct in the area “peacefully and in the near future” – two weeks after she ordered they retreat amid protests.
During a press conference, Durkan said the violence was distracting from changes sought by thousands of peaceful protesters, hoping to address racial inequity and police brutality.