(TargetLiberty.org) – Protesters have taken over part of downtown Seattle and created a “no cop co-op” which is starting to break up into warring cliques over poor leadership and accusations of brutality. The rebel area covers about six blocks and contains a police precinct house. It was abandoned on the orders of Mayor Jenny Durkan, and closed off with wooden barricades.
Now, armed citizens are manning checkpoints and patrolling the streets. Rapper and activist Raz Simone seems to be emerging as a wannabe leader – but his heavy-handed tactics are causing tension.
I hate to have to do this but @RazSimone we gotta talk. You and I just had a very nice discussion about what we are and aren't doing with the precinct building as a matter of optics, and within 5 hours you streamed yourself putting hands on a graffiti tagger. I need answers.
— DESTROY.ERASE.IMPROVE. #BlackLivesMatter #CHAZ (@AustinCHowe) June 10, 2020
As well as allegations of intimidation against Simone, Seattle police say they’re getting reports from inside the so-called “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone” of armed gangs forcing people to show ID to prove they live there, and of businesses being told to pay a fee for the right to operate in the area.
President Trump has warned that if state and city authorities don’t take back control of the rebellious area, he will; “We’re not going to let this happen in Seattle,” he said. “These people are not going to occupy a major portion of a big city.”
Time will tell how this plays out.
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