They finally got him! Suspect in Seattle CHOP zone fatal shooting arrested after nearly year long search

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SEATTLE, WA- On Monday, July 12th, U.S. Marshals arrested a 19-year-old who is suspected of shooting and killing Horace Lorenzo Anderson near Seattle’s former “CHOP” Zone in June 2020.

According to authorities, the suspect, Marcel Long, was wanted by the Seattle Police Department (SPD) for first-degree murder. Long was arrested while walking in Des Moines. The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office reportedly filed the charges against Long back in August 2020.

The charging documents stated that Long was seen on surveillance video approaching Anderson and pulled out a gun. He is then seen chasing Anderson, who ran away, and appears to shoot him. A day after the shooting, Long was identified as the suspected shooter.

However, detectives stated that he immediately fled the state. The charging documents stated:

“The defendant’s willingness to fire his weapon around crowds of people, in his effort to kill Lorenzo, demonstrates the severe danger to the community and risk of harm to others. His immediate flight also demonstrates his desire to avoid being held accountable for this crime.”

Reportedly, during their investigation, members of the Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force learned that Long was staying at an apartment complex in Des Moines.

Long was found walking along South 216the Street near 14th Avenue. He led law enforcement on a brief foot chase before being taken into custody. Long was booked into the King County jail with a bail set at $2 million.

Attorney Evan Oshan, who represents the estate of Anderson and his father, issued the following statement:

“We are grateful for law enforcement efforts for brining Long in. We do not feel like justice will be served solely by bringing him into custody. Justice will not be served until the parties involved in the Chop Zone fiasco have been brought to justice.

On behalf of Lorenzo’s estate and Horace Anderson [Lorezno’s father], we are committed to getting to the core of why this black, special needs 19 year old was left to die and bleed out on June 20th, 2020.”

Oshan added:

“This was a preventable and predictable death that occurred, we are holding city officials as well as the admin responsible. Including but not limited to, Mayor Jenny Durkan, various members of the Seattle city council, and others. Horace thanks god and all the law enforcement members involved in bringing Long in.”

Richard Craig, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal, said in a statement:

“The U.S. Marshals Service and its task force partners will not tolerate such violence in our communities. We are committed to ensuring that dangerous fugitives are brought before the court. It is my sincere hope that this arrest brings some sense of calm to the community.”

Anderson was one of two teens killed in the armed occupation zone of Seattle on June 20th, 2020. Self-appointed activist “medics” took Anderson by private vehicle to Harborview Medical Center where he later died.

First responders were unable to enter the area because violent occupiers would not allow Seattle police officers to enter the crime scene in order to secure it for medics to render life-saving assistance. 

There have still been no other arrests in the four other shootings that occurred in the CHOP zone, including the one that killed a 16-year-old and critically injured a 14-year-old. 

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Chief: Defunded Seattle Police enduring unprecedented ‘staffing’ crisis, struggling to respond to calls

April 28th, 2021

SEATTLE, WA – Acting Seattle Police Department Chief Adrian Diaz recently informed local news outlet KOMO News that his department is facing a manpower shortage.

This shortage, he said, is leaving the department struggling to address vacancies left by officers who have reportedly separated from the SPD to work for other agencies.

The department has lost around 200 in-service officers since the start of 2019, according to data. Chief Diaz said they now have 1,080 officers ready to deploy. According to the chief, the SPD ideally needs to have 1,400 officers in-service in order to function in a manner beneficial to the community.

Chief Diaz, who was appointed to the role after former SPD Chief Carmen Best abruptly resigned during the summer of 2020, said the department’s existing personnel numbers don’t allow for a timely response to 911 calls:

“At this staffing level, no…We are struggling to making sure we’re responding to all calls for service.”

Chief Diaz proclaimed that the department has to shift, typically on a weekly basis, the prioritization of certain 911 calls.

When people dial 911 for non-emergency matters, in those instances of shifted priorities they would find themselves getting directed to online resources from the police department for further assistance.

The past year has not been kind in many senses to the SPD.

The Seattle City Council voted to cut the police budget by about 17% in 2021, after a contentious debate about the department’s funding.

This debate, and effective defunding, was of course fueled by the antics of the defund the police crowd that gained considerable traction during the summer of 2020.

Statements obtained from exit interviews for the department betrayed that much of the attrition the department is experiencing is linked to the sentiments that spawned in light of the defund the police movement – namely City Council efforts, issues with elected officials, and a lack of trust within the broader community.  

One officer who had been with the SPD for over 20 years wrote the following in their exit interview:

“The hatred directed at SPD by our City leaders, activist, and the citizens of Seattle is unwarranted and unacceptable. The city of Seattle no longer deserves my law enforcement services. Time for me to retire and escape this failing city.”

With the SPD experiencing a staffing issue, the city is also endured a 26-year high in homicides back in 2020. Chief Diaz says that it is imperative that the staffing issue get resolved:

“We’ve got to do to better in our society. We’ve got to find ways to solve this issue. And I really do think that there is a great impact when I don’t have as many officers to respond to those types of situations.”

The SPD reportedly launched a new jobs website on April 23rd in an effort to attract new applicants. However, Chief Diaz says that the department is unable to offer hiring bonuses at this time.

Chief Diaz is cognizant that policing, in today’s climate, is not exactly the most attractive career field – but he’s hoping that with the current challenges ongoing in society and police-perception that he’ll be able to attract the best potential officers:

“We have a challenge in our world right now, and this is the opportune time to be a part of that challenge and really live a model of excellence.”

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Earlier in April, Law Enforcement Today shared a report pertaining to a local school board in Seattle effectively demanding that homeless encampments not be removed on actual school grounds.

Here’s that previous report. 

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SEATTLE, WA– Massive homeless encampments have taken over several school grounds in Seattle. Instead of demanding that the growing tent communities be removed, the Seattle School Board president and one of its directors have reportedly urged Mayor Jenny Durkan to not clear them out.

The Jason Rantz Show on KTTH obtained emails which showed Seattle School Board President Chandra Hampson and Director Zachary DeWolf tried to stop the mayor’s office from sweeping encampments near Meany Middle School on Capitol Hill and at Boardview Thompson K-8 in Bitter Lake.

DeWolf said in an email to Durkan, Deputy Mayor Casey Sixkiller, and three Seattle City councilmembers:

“I want to state very clearly this is not an ask for a sweep! I do not believe in sweeps. Please experiencing homelessness need housing and resources not traumatic sweeps of their livelihoods and belongings.”

Seattle school board members demand city not remove homeless encampments from schools
Tents erected in Miller Community Park in Seattle

On March 28th, DeWolf and Hampson released a joint statement on Facebook about the issue:

“We demand that sweeps NEVER be performed on school grounds, adjacent or elsewhere in this City. Our students deserve to see the adults in their lives behave compassionately and responsibly in the face of a tragically mounting homelessness crisis. Sweeps are not a form of compassion, nor do they demonstrate responsible adult behavior.”

In mid-march, a librarian and parent with the Seattle Public School district grew alarmed at the growing encampment at Miller Park on Capitol Hill, steps from the Meany Middle School campus. She said:

“Being a parent of a middle schooler and an employee who regularly walks by this to enter Meany, I am concerned for student safety. Middle school students coming from the south will walk through the encampment to get to school. If it is there when school starts, can the district provide extra adult supervision, before, during, and after school to ensure student safety?”

Durkan released a statement saying that it is ultimately up to Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to decide what to do about encampments on school property.

The mayor said:

“The decision of whether to address an encampment on school property is up to Seattle Public Schools. Recently, the Seattle School Board President issued a statement decrying City outreach strategies that may eventually lead to a removal and demanding that removals should ‘never be performed on school grounds, adjacent, or elsewhere in the City.’”

Outraged parents, guardians, and area residents have been demanding for months that the potentially dangerous problem be fixed prior to students returning to class, but that never happened.

Residents said that the school district previously assured them that the encampments would be gone by September of 2020. Neighbors said that substance abuse and theft has become a rampant problem in the area since the encampment was established.

In February, neighbors said a woman died of an overdose at the encampment.

Neighbor Annie Greer said:

“Her body remained in the middle of the street for hours.”

Neighbors want safety for the kids who attend the school here and help for the unhoused who are living on the property. Greer said:

“I feel like sometimes the only recourse I have is to move out of Seattle. It feels like taxpayers have no recourse against this. We have no rights, all the rights seem to belong to the homeless.”

Bill Steele, who also lives near the schools said:

“Obviously, nobody is taking the problem seriously. All parents need to speak up and let the school board know that our schools are not campgrounds.”

Ryle Goodrich said his six-year old son is among the children who went back to school this week. He said:

“You question the judgement of those in charge of keeping your children safe. I am calling on the school board to allow Mayor Jenny Durkan to take care of these encampments as she has in the past, which would be to offer services and then guide campers out of the park and let children and return to school.”

Many parents have said that they are unwilling to send their children to school of the homeless encampments are not taken down.

Goodrich said:

“I know a lot of parents who wanted to send their children back to school, but are unwilling to because they don’t feel safe. We are house shopping already, out of Seattle.”

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