Extremists take over portions of Seattle. Mayor calls it “patriotic”, says she sees “Summer of Love”

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SEATTLE, WA- On Thursday, Seattle police tried to return to the East Precinct which they had to abandon earlier in the week.
 
They encountered a mob of protestors who are guarding what they’re calling the police-free Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ).
 
And the mayor is calling it “patriotic.”
 
In an interview with Chris Cuomo last night, Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan responds to a call by President Trump to take back her city by holding up a description of a four block area in Seattle as a “block party atmosphere.”
 
When asked by Cuomo how long she expects Seattle to look the way it does, she asserted:
“I don’t know.  We could have the summer of love.”
 
While concerns are being raised about firearms, violence and extortion in the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone known as CHAZ, Mayor Durkan refers solely to the aforementioned six block radius with the words, “not an armed takeover.”
 

When Cuomo refers to concerns characterized as “lefty radicalism run amok in your city” and “you seem ok with it,” she replies:
 
“I was a United States attorney here in Seattle, and during that time as United States attorney, we investigated and prosecuted a whole range of bad actors, including militia groups and drug cartels, anarchists, and the like.
 
“We are — we have our public safety approach in one way. And during this time, a number one priority every American city has is to protect the First Amendment right. Our country was born out of protest. The right to gather, the right to protest, the right to challenge government when it’s wrong is our most fundamental constitutional right.
 
“It’s a reason it’s the First Amendment. And as a mayor of the city, I will do everything to protect that right and balance the public safety. I think not only can we do both, I think we have to do both.”
 

 
Even leaders who support CHAZ and the ongoing protests are not all showing a summer-of -love attitude toward Durkan.  Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant is leading the charge to call for the Mayor to resign
Sawant and hundreds of demonstrators took over City Hall Tuesday, chanting:
 
“Hey, hey, ho, ho, Jenny Durkan has got to go!”
 
Sawant, listing the defunding of Seattle PD and the taxing of Amazon as two additional primary issues in addition to the resignation of the Mayor, said:  
 
“It is about building the kind of political representation that brings the voice of the people into the halls of power and grabs power for ordinary people.” 
 
Cuomo asked Durkan:
 
“The counter will be, 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. Do you believe that you have control of your city and that you would be able to clear those streets? Because you haven’t.”
 
Mayor Durkan responded:
 
“But we will make sure that all of Seattle is safe. We take public safety seriously. But the description the president has given is not only wrong. But if it were right, his remedy is wrong. You don’t ‘dominate.’
 
“Remember why we’re here. You know, we’re here because the nation saw Mr. Floyd murdered. And that lit a match across this country. And we have to acknowledge and know that we have a system that is built on systemic racism and we have to dismantle that system piece by piece.
 
“We have to empower the black community and communities of color. And we have to invest in their health and their safety and their education and opportunity.” 
 
But is public safety truly a priority?
 

 
Michael Solan, president of the Seattle Police Officer’s Guild, told Laura Ingraham Wednesday night:
“The city has lost all the political will to enforce the rule of law.”
 
“There is an unreasonable activist fringe that is unfortunately stealing the peaceful protest message for justice for George Floyd, and now they are occupying over a six block area of the city of Seattle.
 
“Sadly, the police officers, the public safety professionals, are caught in the middle, and there is a tug of war at City Hall for control… and police are stuck in the middle.  And now look what happened. We’ve lost a precinct.  Now what’s next?  Are we gonna lose another precinct? 
 
“The City Council has removed our ability to have less lethal munitions, for us to properly protect those facilities and protect ourselves.”
 
Former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik asserted:
 
“You have basically armed revolutionaries….They don’t want to be suppressed or harassed by police but they’re searching everybody going into that occupied zone.  They are threatening.  They’re extorting. 
 
“This is a criminal haven already, and it’s something that has to addressed, and if the Mayor and the Governor doesn’t have the courage to do that, then the President has to do it, because those citizens [within CHAZ], they have Constitutional rights and civil rights….The Mayor and the Governor has a Constitutional obligation to enforce the law.  I don’t understand how they just get away with not doing anything.”
 
Perhaps when what the Mayor foresees is a “Summer of Love,” there appears to be no reason in her opinion to do anything additional to address public safety.

 
Here’s more on the “CHAZ” as we reported earlier this week.

After the abandonment of Seattle’s East Precinct due to threats of arson, the police department announced on Wednesday that they would like to get officers back to work inside of the boarded up building.


However, protesters have appeared to set up tents, blocking streets all around Capitol Hill, from 13th Avenue past 11th Avenue, near Cal Anderson Park, and it runs from East Olive Street to East Pike Street. This area has been labeled the “Autonomous Zone.”

The “Zone” was said to be set up and taken over by Antifa.

In perhaps a grand example of why we don’t negotiate with terrorists, Assistant Chief Dianna Nollette told reporters Wednesday that there is a criminal element “exacting extortion on businesses and neighbors” inside the zone, charging fees to come and go into parts of the neighborhood.

There were also reports of “identification checks” at blockades, which were sometimes manned by people with guns.

Authorities would not elaborate on this information.

Despite the leadership of SPD telling the officers they were abandoning the building for the arson threats, they also said they left to “calm tension and give protesters room to march.”

Apparently, Nollette and the SPD brass are going to be “working to identify and engage with protester leadership to move towards resuming operations at the facility.”

Q13 Fox reported:

“Nollette says she wants to come to an agreement with protesters so officers can return to the precinct because service has cut back.

“’Right now, we are on priority calls only which means people citywide who need a police response are not receiving it,’” she said. “’That to us is just not acceptable.’”

Nollette also said of reports of people using firearms in an intimidating fashion:

“While they have a constitutionally protected right to bear arms, and while Washington is an open-carry state, there is no legal right for those arms to be used to intimidate community members.” 

Shockingly, Q13 also reported:

“Efforts to interview protester leadership for comment were unsuccessful.”

Meanwhile, some “protesters” have indicated that they don’t plan on moving from Capitol Hill.

King5 spoke to a man who identified himself as “Rooks,” who said:

“If you want to call it anything, it is the people’s community. It is not nothing aggressive or violent. We didn’t come out here for any of that.

“That’s what those faces on the wall. Black lives killed by police. We want people to see that those lives matter.”

“Rooks” wouldn’t answer when they plan on getting out of the streets, saying only:

“We’re hoping to see a better, if not system, society altogether.”

He also said there isn’t a “leader” in the “zone,” but a “unified message.”

In the “Autonomous Zone,” vandals have defaced a Seattle Police Department sign and changed it to “Seattle People Department.”

Fire Chief Harold Scoggins has stated that the blocked off area is a problem for his trucks. He said if there’s a medical call for a person in the area it will be nearly impossible to get to them.

City Councilman Andrew Lewis is also not happy with the barricaded area. He said:

“I oversee the mayor and the police department, I’m certainly going to be having conversations with them as this process unfolds.”

When asked of the “Autonomous Zone,” Governor Jay Inslee replied simply:

“That’s news to me.”

Leadership at its finest.

President Donald Trump has called out Inslee and Durkan on Twitter, saying:

“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 IMMEDIATELY. MOVE FAST!”

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1270914092295950337

Durkan spat back:

“Make us all safe. Go back to your bunker. #BlackLivesMatter.”

The mayor has taken hits on social media for her comments as well as her caving to the terrorists taking over the city.

Former president of the Seattle Police Officers Guild and retired Sergeant Ron Smith went on the Jason Rantz show as posted on MyNorthwest.com.

In part, Smith said:

“My take is that it’s unconscionable that they would give it up, and let it burn to the ground like what happened in Minneapolis … so I don’t know what to think.

“It is beyond me that you could let a taxpayer funded building go by the wayside.

“The preservation of life comes first, and then property is second or third down the list, but you’re talking about a police building with critical things inside of it. I cannot imagine if people started taking crowbars trying to pry off the plywood, or started trying to light it on fire that there would not be orders to engage that conduct.

“This has been something that’s been going on for at least four, five, six years where somehow there’s a movement afoot to get rid of law enforcement and somehow come up with a community-based solution to deal with crime that goes on. That’s just not palatable. That’s just not reality.”

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Here’s Law Enforcement Today’s previous report on the situation in Seattle.

Seattle protesters set up a “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” Tuesday, following police essentially abandoning the East Precinct.

One speaker, identified as Magik, called out on a megaphone:

“I guess whatever the fuck we’re doing is effective. They are going to move up. They are going to get everybody out of here and we are free to move through these streets and protest and march.”

Monday afternoon, Seattle police and National Guard units pulled back from the precinct after having spent the day filling moving trucks with equipment from the building. A mobile shredding unit was also seen near the department.

Originally the department had set up barriers to protect the precinct and keep rioters from passing the building.

A letter sent to officers from Assistant Chief Tom Mahaffey said:

“The decision has been made to allow demonstrators to march past the East Precinct later today. Your safety and the security of our facilities are my highest priorities. Additional measures are currently underway to enhance our ongoing efforts to insure the security of our East Precinct and provide for the safety of all our officers.

“We will have personnel in place should the need arise to swiftly address acts of violence and/or property destruction.

“I want to express my sincere appreciation and admiration for your continued efforts to protect this City and one another during this extremely challenging time.”

It was reported that the precinct would remain staffed.

Mayor Jenny Durkan had said over the weekend that she had received “specific information from the FBI” regarding threats of arson to the East Precinct.

Capitol Hill Seattle reported:

A key policing facility in the central city now stands on even more uncertain ground and a neighborhood locked down for more than a week will no longer have to pass through police checkpoints to access homes and work.

 

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