SEATTLE, WA – You know that saying, “Be careful what you wish for?”
The CHAZ or CHOP or whatever they’re wanting to be called today set their “autonomous zone,” police free, on Capitol Hill.
Despite Mayor Jenny Durkan’s claims that it’s just a big, happy block party, the violence didn’t take long to pick up, including separate shooting incidents.
Now, one surviving victim of the shootings are blaming the police for not responding quick enough to the call.
A man who recorded himself from a hospital bed alleging to be a victim of one of the CHAZ shootings, and now wants to seek “legal” help for it.
The man has been identified as DeJuan Young, 33 years old, and he was allegedly “just outside of the CHAZ” when he was shot. Allegedly, four males approached him, called him a “racial slur,” and shot him.
“I’m positive this was a hate crime. When he shot me, the recoil and the surprise pushed me on top of the hood of the vehicle. At that time, he stood over top of me and continued to shoot. And I tried to block myself.”
“So basically I was shot by, I’m not sure if they’re ‘Proud Boys’ or KKK. But the verbiage that they said was hold this ‘N—–’ and shot me.”
Not legal help to find the suspect. Legal help regarding the police response.
In his initial posted video, Young says:
“I was shot in Seattle, in CHAZ, on Friday. The cops left me out there to die.”
A man who got shot in CHAZ now wants to sue the police for not responding fast enough to the "autonomous zone" where they have up barricades barring the police from entering.pic.twitter.com/6udR8zekik
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) June 24, 2020
“I need somebody in legal or the media to get my story told, and get it out there. I got shot five times–I need you guys’ help.”
He said that protesters and “volunteer medics” came over to help him. By the time police and fire arrived, Young had already been taken to Harborview hospital.
Of this, Young said:
“I put my life in their hands and they didn’t let me down.”
Meanwhile, the police did, allegedly.
Mohawk Kuzma of Black Lives Matter Seattle said:
“There was no need for police or the fire department at that point because by the time police arrived, CHOP medics were gone to Harborview.”
Except that the Seattle Police Department released video showing that police were attempting to get into the area to assist, but were met with resistance from “protesters.”
Protesters didn’t even want to let police collect evidence to actually solve the crime that occurred.
“I understand everybody’s going to say, ‘Oh, it was the CHAZ zone and ya’ll asked for the police not to be there, so don’t act like ya’ll need them now.
“But technically I was outside that area. I was in Seattle streets. So what’s the excuse now?”
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 25, 2020
Meanwhile, it’s been confirmed that Young was a suspect in an assault of a Scriberr reporter named Kalen. Kalen was attempted to film the “leader” of the CHAZ, a man named RAZ, which is apparently not allowed, so Young assaulted him.
BREAKING: Journalist @FromKalen has identified his CHAZ assailant as Dejuan Young
As an eyewitness, I can confirm this photo shows the exact same attire and green-taped hand as the person who assaulted Kalen
The assault took place seconds after Kalen was seen filming Raz pic.twitter.com/DwMSjIrHL0
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) June 25, 2020
It was also discovered by social media sleuths that Young was also a shooting victim in 2018 which resulted in severe injuries.
He does alot of fundrising 😉 https://t.co/2WcV2tZzaL
— Marty (@Marty54501783) June 25, 2020
He set up a gofundme after that shooting.
is this the same guy who go shot 2 years ago, too? he has the worst luck with wrong place, wrong time if it is.
2018 gofund me https://t.co/g3dhYEZLRj
current go fundmehttps://t.co/skYFNsdlPy
— Uncommon Sense (@zoeticpatriot) June 25, 2020
Here’s an earlier reporting from Law Enforcement Today on police being blocked from getting to the scene of a shooting.
Another person was shot in the Seattle “autonomous zone” late Sunday night. And sources in the Seattle Police Department told Law Enforcement Today that the police and fire departments were ‘prevented’ from responding to the incident.
— A-A-RON (@ASeattleStoner) June 22, 2020
It happened in Seattle’s “autonomous zone,” which is now being referred to as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) and was previously called Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ).
— cacti (@SCCacti) June 22, 2020
The shooting took place just before 11 p.m. local time, and comes after two people were shot Saturday morning. That shooting left one person dead and the other in critical condition.
The latest shooting occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday night.
There’s a report that a second person was also shot on Sunday night – but Seattle police have been unable to confirm that and say they are interviewing the first victim at Harborview Medical Center.
The condition of that person hasn’t been released, nor has any information on suspects.
Early Saturday, we reported on a shooting inside Seattle’s Capitol Hill Organized Protest (CHOP) area that left one person dead and another injured.
Now sources inside the Seattle Police Department tell us that there’s ‘misinformation’ intentionally coming out of the city.
Here’s what we do know so far that’s accurate and confirmed.
#CHAZ / #CHOP – This is the scene of the murder this morning in CHOP. A 30 year old African American man was shot and died on the scene. There was also a second shooting 20 minutes later one block away. pic.twitter.com/hf1FSPFhuH
— Omari Salisbury (@Omarisal) June 20, 2020
Police are investigating the shooting, despite it being in a “no-cop” zone of the city. It happened around 2:20 a.m. local time.
Witnesses said there was heavy drinking throughout the night, then a conflict escalated into gunfire.
The autonomous zone has failed. Time to reinstate law and order.pic.twitter.com/I0kOFgQvjF
— Christopher F. Rufo (@realchrisrufo) June 21, 2020
Videos hit the internet showing volunteer medics racing to help the victims. This, after Seattle Police Department radio dispatchers got multiple reports of three to six gunshots.
Police investigating shooting at 10th Avenue and East Pine. Will update with additional information when available.
— Seattle Police Dept. (@SeattlePD) June 20, 2020
Officers arrived to the scene on foot and were prepared with riot gear – or “anti-protest gear”, as Newsweek referred to it.
According to East Precinct police radio chatter, a second victim had a gunshot wound to the arm and chest and officers on scene were collecting shell casings and evidence.
First person view of the CHAZ/CHOP shooting in Seattle, filmed at 2am, June 20th. Two were shot, one killed. It wasn't some "gang of white nationalists" but rather a dispute between some of the insurgents. pic.twitter.com/J8SaoSHHUU
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) June 22, 2020
Capitol Hill Seattle Blog reported Saturday that Seattle Fire had been called to the scene to treat the victim, but that person had already been transported by volunteers to Harborview.
Local videographers from Converge Media first reported that one of the individuals who was shot had been driven by “non-ambulance locals” to the Harborview protest camp. That camp is staffed by medical volunteers.
According to the Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, the man was dead when he arrived at the volunteer medical camp – although medical experts haven’t publicly verified this.
In the footage, several people on the street said one of the victims was dead in front of the Rancho Bravo restaurant at 10th and Pine Street.
Here’s where things start going downhill.
Sources within the Seattle Police Department tell us that the Mayor’s office is insisting that all communication go through her office. We’re told this is unprecedented – typically a public information officer for Seattle PD would be handling media affairs.
Police was met with violence and wasn't allowed to save victims.
— Curtis Henderson ?? (@CLHenderson3) June 20, 2020
Our sources tell us that the Mayor’s office is trying to spin a very specific narrative and that it’s false.
The information being shared is that “white males” were seen fleeing the scene north from 10th Avenue and East Pine street in a pickup truck.
This is also in the city’s Capitol Hill autonomous protest zone, also called CHAZ.
The problem with that, as pointed out by our sources, is that “white males” couldn’t have “escaped in a pickup truck”… because the zone is barricaded.
At this point, the investigation is still ongoing and we’re told by other officers in Seattle PD that many in the area are being “uncooperative, to say the least”.
Undisputed proof that Seattle Police were met with violent crowd at the #CHOP/#CHAZ that prevented them from searching for shooting victim. Body cam footage. It's time to shut down the #SeattleAutonomousZone https://t.co/jSThzoJVNw
— Gays for Trump (@GaysForTrumpTN) June 21, 2020
All of this is happening as the “protestors” release their list of demands.
You may remember that on June 8th, Seattle Police abandoned the closest East Precinct building. The move came after days of confrontations with protesters.
Enter what is known in Seattle as “CHOP” (Capital Hill Occupied Protest). This is a six block area of downtown Seattle that has been blocked off by protesters who are trying to create what they call a “police-free zone.”
While Mayor Jenny Durkan naively compares this zone to a “block party,” residents and businesses in the area certainly aren’t feeling the festive mood.
They have seized control of part of a city. In America. They're kicking out the media and assaulting women. And we're all ok with this? We're all supposed to just be quiet?https://t.co/n2O9Gh9iod
— LawEnforcementToday (@LawEnforceToday) June 19, 2020
As Law Enforcement Today has previously reported, John McDermott, a co-owner of Car Tender, an auto shop located just outside of CHOP, claimed that police never showed up to his 911 calls about a fire and burglary in progress.
John McDermott is far from the only person who appears to be fed up with “CHOP.”
Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best complained during a press conference on June 11, that her department’s response time to crimes in progress has tripled, as a result of this Autonomous Zone.
“The difference in that amount of time could prevent someone’s life [being lost] and prevent a violent attack.”
Best further reminded people to think about their mothers, cousins, sisters and neighbors being raped, robbed and assaulted and questioned if they’d want them to wait three times longer for services.
Now there has been a shooting-turned-murder in the autonomous zone. The victim was brought to a “volunteer medical station” before they let in the real medical help.
Murder in 'autonomous zone'. And what's the first thing that happens when bullets start flying?
The cops get called. https://t.co/zSaq5QFwGZ
— LawEnforcementToday (@LawEnforceToday) June 20, 2020
It isn’t just the police and medical services who are having a hard time.
Srujan and his fiancée live in a building that borders Cal Anderson Park, which has been filled with protesters for weeks.
Srujan told local news outlet, KING-TV:
“We’re not even here most of the time. I’m scared to live here. It’s just not conducive. What you want from a home is a stress-free environment. You want to be able to sleep well, you want to feel comfortable and we just don’t feel comfortable right now.”
The couple mentioned that they will be staying away from the area until things clear up.
Will this be any time soon?
According to one of the group’s main organizers, Jaiden Grayson, that might not be the case. He told film maker Amy Horowitz:
“I’m here to disrupt until my demands are met. You cannot rebuild until you break it all the way down.”
Grayson also states that he’s not “here to peacefully protest,” leading some to believe that violence might ensue if the city does not satisfy their demands.
— LawEnforcementToday (@LawEnforceToday) June 18, 2020
Mayor Jenny Durkan may be basking in the moment of this extremist group that has taken over a six block area of her city, but businesses and residents are clearly fed up.
While radical segments of the population call for the abolishment of police, residents in and around Seattle’s “CHOP” are seeing what that may look like, and it’s certainly no block party for them.
Here are a list of demands from the CHOP.
-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.
This means 100% of funding, including existing pensions for Seattle Police. At an equal level of priority we also demand that the city disallow the operations of ICE in the city of Seattle.
-In the transitionary period between now and the dismantlement of the Seattle Police Department, we demand that the use of armed force be banned entirely. No guns, no batons, no riot shields, no chemical weapons, especially against those exercising their First Amendment right as Americans to protest.
-We demand an end to the school-to-prison pipeline and the abolition of youth jails. Get kids out of prison, get cops out of schools. We also demand that the new youth prison being built in Seattle currently be repurposed.
-We demand that not the City government, nor the State government, but that the Federal government launch a full-scale investigation into past and current cases of police brutality in Seattle and Washington, as well as the re-opening of all closed cases reported to the Office of Police Accountability.
In particular, we demand that cases particular to Seattle and Washington be reopened where no justice has been served, namely the cases of Iosia Faletogo, Damarius Butts, Isaiah Obet, Tommy Le, Shaun Fuhr, and Charleena Lyles.
-We demand reparations for victims of police brutality, in a form to be determined.
-We demand that the City of Seattle make the names of officers involved in police brutality a matter of public record. Anonymity should not even be a privilege in public service.
-We demand a retrial of all People in Color currently serving a prison sentence for violent crime, by a jury of their peers in their community.
-We demand decriminalization of the acts of protest, and amnesty for protestors generally, but specifically those involved in what has been termed “The George Floyd Rebellion” against the terrorist cell that previously occupied this area known as the Seattle Police Department.
This includes the immediate release of all protestors currently being held in prison after the arrests made at 11th and Pine on Sunday night and early Saturday morning June 7th and 8th, and any other protesters arrested in the past two weeks of the uprising, the name Evan Hreha in particular comes to mind who filmed Seattle police macing a young girl and is now in jail.
-We demand that the City of Seattle and the State Government release any prisoner currently serving time for a marijuana-related offense and expunge the related conviction.
-We demand the City of Seattle and State Government release any prisoner currently serving time just for resisting arrest if there are no other related charges, and that those convictions should also be expunged.
-We demand that prisoners currently serving time be given the full and unrestricted right to vote, and for Washington State to pass legislation specifically breaking from Federal law that prevents felons from being able to vote.
-We demand an end to prosecutorial immunity for police officers in the time between now and the dissolution of the SPD and extant justice system.
-We demand the abolition of imprisonment, generally speaking, but especially the abolition of both youth prisons and privately-owned, for-profit prisons.
-We demand in replacement of the current criminal justice system the creation of restorative/transformative accountability programs as a replacement for imprisonment.
-We demand autonomy be given to the people to create localized anti-crime systems.
-We demand that the Seattle Police Department, between now and the time of its abolition in the near future, empty its “lost and found” and return property owned by denizens of the city.
-We demand justice for those who have been sexually harassed or abused by the Seattle Police Department or prison guards in the state of Washington.
-We demand that between now and the abolition of the SPD that each and every SPD officer turn on their body cameras, and that the body camera video of all Seattle police should be a matter of easily accessible public record.
-We demand that the funding previously used for Seattle Police be redirected into:
A) Socialized Health and Medicine for the City of Seattle.
B) Free public housing, because housing is a right, not a privilege.
C) Public education, to decrease the average class size in city schools and increase teacher salary.
D) Naturalization services for immigrants to the United States living here undocumented. (We demand they be called “undocumented” because no person is illegal.)
E) General community development. Parks, etc.
We also have economic demands that must be addressed.
-We demand the de-gentrification of Seattle, starting with rent control.
-We demand the restoration of city funding for arts and culture to re-establish the once-rich local cultural identity of Seattle.
-We demand free college for the people of the state of Washington, due to the overwhelming effect that education has on economic success, and the correlated overwhelming impact of poverty on people of color, as a form of reparations for the treatment of Black people in this state and country.
-We demand that between now and the abolition of the SPD that Seattle Police be prohibited from performing “homeless sweeps” that displace and disturb our homeless neighbors, and on equal footing we demand an end to all evictions.
-We demand a decentralized election process to give the citizens of Seattle a greater ability to select candidates for public office such that we are not forced to choose at the poll between equally undesirable options.
There are multiple systems and policies in place which make it impractical at best for working-class people to run for public office, all of which must go, starting with any fees associated with applying to run for public office.
Related to economic demands, we also have demands pertaining to what we would formally call “Health and Human Services.”
-We demand the hospitals and care facilities of Seattle employ black doctors and nurses specifically to help care for black patients.
-We demand the people of Seattle seek out and proudly support Black-owned businesses. Your money is our power and sustainability.
-We demand that the city create an entirely separate system staffed by mental health experts to respond to 911 calls pertaining to mental health crises, and insist that all involved in such a program be put through thorough, rigorous training in conflict de-escalation.
Finally, let us now address our demands regarding the education system in the City of Seattle and State of Washington.
-We demand that the history of Black and Native Americans be given a significantly greater focus in the Washington State education curriculum.
-We demand that thorough anti-bias training become a legal requirement for all jobs in the education system, as well as in the medical profession and in mass media.
-We demand the City of Seattle and State of Washington remove any and all monuments dedicated to historical figures of the Confederacy, whose treasonous attempts to build an America with slavery as a permanent fixture were an affront to the human race.
Oh, is that all?
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