SEATTLE, WA – A mob of protesters tried to attack a business owner in Seattle for trying to detain a man who tried to burn down his business.
John McDermott, the owner of a Capitol Hill auto shop called Car Tenders, found the unknown suspect stealing cash and trying to use hand sanitizer as a flame accelerant to set the business on fire.
McDermott and his son were able to put out the fire and his son, Mason, gave chase. Mason was able to detain the suspect, despite the fact that the suspect attempted to stab him with a box cutter.
I was streaming when the incident happened at CHAZ last night in Seattle. An auto shop near the zone was broken into (Car Tender), property stolen, and a fire started. The owners called the police and fire dept but they were told they would not show up. Full THREAD with clips ↓ pic.twitter.com/zmPS3EBmxm
— Shawn Whiting (@ShawnGui_) June 15, 2020
After 19 calls to 9-1-1 with no response, and with protesters moving in, the suspect was released.
McDermott said that while they had the suspect detained, protesters rushed over and told them to let him go or they were coming over to cause mayhem. Protesters knocked over the business’s fence and rushed inside the lot.
A twitter video report by @VenturaReport shows a video of the protesters demanding the release of the suspect and threatening to forcibly “release” him.
— Jorge Ventura Media (@VenturaReport) June 15, 2020
Havoc is the new norm in the former Seattle, former “CHAZ”, now “CHOP” area.
The police are generally the front line of defense in these situations, but in this case, this law-abiding, tax-paying business owner could not receive their aid because their presence in this chaotic area would have more than likely caused more damage and destruction.
Not only would the police officers have been putting their lives in danger, but because of the roaming bands of armed (and more than likely untrained) anarchists, the lives of that business owner, his son and anyone who just happened to be in the area would have been in jeopardy.
These “protesters” are preventing the police from doing their job and enabling the criminal element to step forward and claim what is rightfully someone else’s all under the guise of social justice.
A man on a microphone sicced a large mob on the Car Tender autoshop near the Seattle “autonomous zone.” They broke down the fence. The owner said he apprehended an arsonist before all his comrades showed up to try & free him. Police never came. #CapitolHillAutonomousZone #antifa pic.twitter.com/hf4lYzm2rF
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 15, 2020
Make no mistake, it’s not just the police who are under attack. It is society as a whole. The McDermotts did nothing to incite these riots (and neither did the Seattle police for that matter), and yet their livelihood has been attacked and almost destroyed.
Law enforcement is just that. It’s there to enforce the law and when these officers are prohibited from doing their jobs, when they are demonized and put in situations that make that impossible, we all suffer and we all are in danger.
The attack on Car Tenders is just one example of what can and will happen during a societal breakdown.
It’s time for the Mayor of Seattle to give the city back to the law abiding tax payers, protect the peace keepers and let them do their job.
Law Enforcement Today has been reporting on the goings on in the “CHAZ.” Here’s another recent report on it.
The “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” can easily be labeled the most radical element to have surfaced from the protests and riots plaguing the country over the past two weeks. Now, the situation has further developments.
The area is commonly referred to online, and in the media, as “CHAZ.” The area is sectioned off by rioters and miscreants and has been dubbed as a “cop free zone” in Seattle. Ironically, the police department East Precinct resides inside of the zone.
One video taken from the “CHAZ” area showcases two police officers making their way into the East Precinct, which caused a degree of strife among the anarchistic group present.
Because of this sectioning-off of the area, a police officer explained to an individual present at the area that police response times have tripled because of the display.
Tensions are high in the CHAZ after some officers came in to enter the East Precinct. Some in the crowd wanted to make sure nothing happened to the officers. Others wanted to prevent the officers from entering the zone. Arguments are breaking out amongst the crowd. pic.twitter.com/uKYLrUEycl
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) June 11, 2020
“These are responses to emergency calls — rapes, robberies, and all sorts of violent acts that have been occurring in the area that we’re not able to get to,” Seattle Police Chief Carmen Best said.
— Jimmy V (@jim_vollmer) June 12, 2020
She noted that emergency response times in the area have tripled from just over five minutes to 18 minutes.
“If that is your mother, your sister, your cousin, your neighbor’s kid that is being raped, robbed assaulted (or) otherwise victimized, you’re not going to want to have to report that it took the police three times longer to get there to provide services to them,” Best said.
She went on to say the victims are suffering because of it.
“It was never an option to have residents of the precinct, many of whom are members of our most marginalized communities by the way, waiting for an extra length of time for an officer to arrive to a violent crime in progress,” she stated.
The absurdity of the situation is further complexed by the audacity of the group that has laid claim to the area – because they’re outspoken in detailing that they own “these streets,” as said by one person in the video:
“It’s not a matter of how many cops are in there. We’re not worried about police. We have these streets already.”
What’s even crazier – the mayor thinks what’s going on in the “CHAZ” area isn’t “lawless.” Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan actually called the illegal occupation a “peaceful expression” and is mad President Trump is demanding that order be restored:
“The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone #CHAZ is not a lawless wasteland of anarchist insurrection – it is a peaceful expression of our community’s collective grief and their desire to build a better world. Given his track record, it’s not hard to believe that Trump is wrong, yet again.”
One Twitter user was kind enough to showcase video of just the inner-workings of “CHAZ,” where graffiti is being applied indiscriminately and people are dubbing themselves as the authority figures in the area.
Do you still want to stick with the "#CHAZ is not a lawless wasteland of anarchist insurrection – it is a peaceful expression of our community's collective grief and their desire to build a better world." https://t.co/X4r4WM5338
— ❤Cali_Girl❤ (@1Cali_Girl1) June 12, 2020
The president has not minced his words regarding Seattle, saying the “takeover” must end “now”:
“Seattle Mayor says, about the anarchists takeover of her city, “it is a Summer of Love”. These Liberal Dems don’t have a clue. The terrorists burn and pillage our cities, and they think it is just wonderful, even the death. Must end this Seattle takeover now!”
Meanwhile, other videos have surfaced showing the internal power struggle within “CHAZ” between the people engaged in the illegal occupation of the area:
Tensions are still high as speakers are arguing on what to do next in the “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.” pic.twitter.com/HSjlpVI1Wa
— JAVIER (@notoffear) June 12, 2020
The Mayor of Seattle is continually endorsing the ongoing criminal occupation of the area dubbed “CHAZ,” making reference to the area with words seething with warm sentiments. Quite frankly, it’s almost appalling to see it in action:
“For as long as I can remember, Capitol Hill has been autonomous – it’s always been a place where people go to express themselves freely. Today at the [CHAZ], I spoke with organizers and community about how we can move forward and keep our communities safe, together.”
When communism has been implemented, hunger and famine usually follows afterwards. pic.twitter.com/bKQNwV7sxo
— Dino (@DinoShoNuff) June 12, 2020
The latest updates from the group that has inhabited the Seattle block was last said and filmed making their way over to Madison Park. It’s unclear as to what the intent is upon arrival in the area.
— Omari Salisbury (@Omarisal) June 12, 2020
While the activity transpiring in the area is clearly criminal – in both the armed occupation and activities in general – the response to “CHAZ” has been one not just of outrage from concerned citizens, but ones poking fun at the inhabitants.
— Rob (@Rob_F112) June 12, 2020
Yet, the delusion is widespread throughout Seattle’s political elite. Seattle City Council Member Kshama Sawant described what is happening in “CHAZ” as a “incredible movement” while appearing on CNN.
"What's happening is this incredible movement… [it's] incredibly inspiring to the vast majority of American people. But it is also threatening to the right-wing and the reactionary agenda of Donald Trump."
-Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant on Trump threatening protests pic.twitter.com/MzeVxB3FsZ
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) June 12, 2020
There are simply no words to accurately describe the lawlessness that is ongoing in Seattle, no matter how locals like the mayor want to frame it.
They make it sound like some kind of wonderful movement of the people.
This isn’t a movement that is happening in Seattle, it is anarchy.
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